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Essien reveals Drogba call convinced him about Chelsea move

Michael Essien says a phone call from Didier Drogba convinced him about joining Chelsea.

When Chelsea came calling in the summer of 2005, Essien couldn't say no. He takes up the story.

"The whole thing came about one afternoon while I was at Florent Malouda's house, having a barbecue," the Ghanaian told chelseafc.com. Malouda was at Lyon with him.

"He got a call from Didier Drogba asking about me, and he said, “Oh, Michael is right here." He put him on the phone to me and that's how everything started.

"It was a very long saga, that transfer, and very frustrating that it took so long because I really wanted to come to the Premier League. In the end we managed to come to an agreement and I was really excited when I first walked into the club at Chelsea.

"As I said, it was my dream to play in the Premier League and Chelsea showed a very big interest in me, so when the deal went through I was very happy. I came in and everything went well."

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