Michael Essien in action for Chelsea.
Michael Essien says he is ready to flourish again at Chelsea, where he has been reunited with Jose Mourinho.
The powerful midfielder has not played for the Blues in a competitive fixture since the final day of the 2011/12 campaign, a series of knee injuries repeatedly stalling his career.
Former boss Roberto Di Matteo loaned the 30-year-old to Mourinho’s Real Madrid last season but now the Portuguese coach has returned to west London, Essien is hungry for fresh success.
“My style hasn’t changed, I’m still the same,” Essien said. “You can tell I am still as strong and keeping fit.
“My knees are fine now. My knees are not giving me any problems. I just have to keep myself fit and get ready to do a good job for the team.
“When you have these injuries its hard to get back but I go with the flow. I don’t put pressure on myself or anything. I just listen to the doctors and once I’m fit and training I give everything.”
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