Fabien Piveteau has made it clear that any rumours linking the Ghanaian midfielder with a Stamford Bridge departure are merely speculation.
"There's absolutely no chance of Essien leaving Chelsea," Piveteau told MTNFootball.com.
"It is not true that the club's new coach Villas-Boas wants to release Michael.
"In fact, the new coach knows Essien very well having worked at the club before and he knows what Michael can do for the club.
"Michael is also focused on staying at the club because he has a very good relationship with the team's supporters, the new manager and the club owner.
"He is not leaving."