Michael Essien signs new contract with Chelsea

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Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has put pen to paper on a contract extension that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2015.

The 27-year-old, who was Chelsea's record signing at the time when he joined from Olympique Lyon for £24.4 million, suffered a knee injury midway through the 2009/10 season that ruled him out of the rest of the campaign and the World Cup.

Having endured such a difficult period, the Ghanaian ace is thrilled to have been handed a new deal and is now relishing the chance to get back on the pitch.

He told the club's official website: "I am delighted because the club has shown a very big confidence and interest in me.

"I am looking forward to coming back and enjoying my football and winning more trophies with the club.

"That is why I am here. I think it is one of the most important contracts in my career."

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti added: "I am very happy that Michael has agreed to extend his time with us, as it means he will continue to be a very important player for Chelsea long into the future."

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