Essien moves to Real Madrid on loan
Michael Essien has joined Real Madrid on loan
The deal was reached on Friday's transfer deadline day after Chelsea's 4-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup with Essien absent from the Blues' pack of players.
A Chelsea statement confirming the move read: "Chelsea announces that Michael Essien has joined Real Madrid on a season-long loan.
''The 29-year-old midfielder, who joined the club in 2005 from Lyon, will move to the Bernabeu and link up with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, the man who brought him to Stamford Bridge.
''Essien has been a pivotal member of the Blues midfield during his six seasons in west London, winning two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and one Champions League winners' medal."
The Ghana international moved to Stamford Bridge from French side Lyon for a fee of 24 million pounds in 2005.
He has been one of the club's key players until recent injuries pushed him down the pecking order.
He scored 25 goals in 247 appearances.