Michael Essien’s shock deadline-day move to Real Madrid came as a surprise to many, including the man himself. The Ghanaian midfielder however, admits that it was a welcome surprise as the move sees him re-united with the man he refers to as “daddy”— Jose Mourinho.
Essien who is fondly nicknamed ‘The Bison’ because of his powerful physical presence was originally signed by Jose Mourinho for Chelsea in 2005.
Essien describes Mourinho as being “like a father to him” and he proved he meant it by repeatedly calling his manager “daddy” during his press conference.
“Daddy (Mourinho) knows me very well, he brought me to Chelsea, and he knows I can play in any position he wants – except goalkeeper.”
Everything went very fast and I was in my hotel room and I had a call from my daddy and he said he would be very happy to have me at the club,” he said.
“I never thought I would end up here. I was focused on Chelsea and I didn’t know that Real Madrid would make a bid for me.
“When Mourinho calls it’s more than enough. All I want to do is play football and when he rang me I said yes immediately.
“When I arrived he was at the airport. We were really happy to see each other and I am really looking forward to starting playing and enjoying the football.”
Essien called Mourinho “daddy” not less than 10 times during the press conference. The twittersphere has been abuzz since with views fluctuating between the endearment being “awesome” to it being “the creepiest thing ever”.
Whatever the view, Essien’s press conference does shed light on perhaps why so many managers have tried but failed at Chelsea since Mourinho.
The Special One with his strange ways, from making the players believe he is their father to praising them in the shower, really had worked a magical spell on the Chelsea players.
Essien believes that he has put a series of serious injuries behind him and is ready to fight for a place in the La Liga side.
“If I wasn’t ready Real Madrid would not have brought me here,” he says.
Real Madrid’s start to the season hasn’t been spectacular. They have taken only one point from their opening two matches and they know that they are going to have to do a lot better if they are to win a second consecutive La Liga tile.
I guess we’ll find out if “daddy” knows best.
Happy Father’s Day everyone.
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