French agent Issa Traore believes Michael Essien's future at Chelsea will depend on their next managerial appointment. Traore told Christian Recalcati's website: "If he stays will depend on who the new coach of Chelsea is. I believe it will be between Guus Hiddink and (Luiz Felipe) Scolari.

"In my opinion, Hiddink will be chosen for two reasons: 1) he's a great coach, 2) his appointment is pushed by the 'Dutch influence' at Chelsea."