Michael Essien to return to Chelsea with Jose Mourinho

Michael Essien will be following Jose Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge.

The Ghana midfielder, 30, is on a season-long loan at Real but has one more year to run on his Chelsea contract.

Essien, who scored only one goal in 28 appearances for Real, was signed by then Blues boss Mourinho in 2005 and sees him as a father figure, even calling him ‘Daddy’.

He said: “We have a very good relationship. I understand him very well. Daddy knows I can play in any position he wants me to, except goalkeeper.”