Last Updated: Sun, 26 Jan 2014 09:36
New AC Milan boss Clarence Seedorf insists he is relishing the chance to work with Michael Essien who is set to leave Chelsea.
Essien has struggled to impose himself on the Chelsea squad this season and Seedorf has taken full advantage of the opportunity to swoop and secure a deal for the 31-year-old.
The Ghana international is expected to be confirmed as a Milan player in the coming days after a deal was agreed with the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Seedorf has praised the "warrior" like ability of the Blues man and believes that he can add some much needed steel to the midfield.
Seedorf said: "I know Essien quite well.
"I spoke with him clearly and transparently. We know him as a player and he's a very big positive for us. He'll be a big help.
"I'm happy with Essien's arrival. He'll play in the middle - he can also operate as a full-back but I always like to see players in their best position.
"Maybe it's a good thing [if he's had a sceptical welcome]. If you look at the benches of Real Madrid and Chelsea, there are some great players who are maybe surplus to requirements. I have guarantees regarding Essien. He's a warrior with a lot of experience."
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