Michael Essien has signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea.
The Ghanaian midfielder finalised the deal in China ahead of Chelsea’s pre-season tour in the Far East.
“I am really pleased to have extended my contract with Chelsea,” said Essien.
“I am very happy here, we have a great team and fantastic fans who have always made me welcome. With the addition of the new manager, I am feeling very positive about the season ahead.”
Chelsea’s new boss Luiz Felipe Scolari was pleased to see Essien sign his new deal.
“I have not been here long but it is clear to me that Michael Essien is one of the best midfield players in the world,” said Scolari.
“I have always admired him and it is good news for me and for Chelsea that he signs for so long.”