CFR Cluj boss rules out Essien signing

Author: Edmund Okai Gyimah
Michael Essien
Michael Essien

The manager of Romanian giants CFR Cluj has ruled out signing veteran Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien on a free transfer.

The former Chelsea star was shown the exit by Indonesian club Persib three months ago and has been on the lookout for new employers.

Current coach of CFR Cluj, Edward Iordanescu revealed that talks were ongoing to sign Essien before his arrival but he quashed any move for the 35-year-old Ghanaian because his best days are over.

"There were some discussions about signing Michael Essien before I came to the club, but they never came to fruition. I don't know what amounts were involved, but I did not need the player.” Iordanescu told The Sun newspaper.
"I stopped Essien's transfer to CFR Cluj. I already have a lot of experienced players who our youngsters can look up to.”

"At present I don't need players aged 36 or 37. We already have a valuable squad," Iordanescu said.

Essien played all his best football at Chelsea winning the UEFA Champions League, to Premier League titles and four FA Cups during nine successful seasons at Stamford Bridge before recurrent injuries reduced his playing time and influence at the London side which he joined in the summer of 2005 for £24.4 million from French side Olympique Lyon.

He has played for Real Madrid on loan, as well as stints with Italian giants AC Milan and Greek side Panathinaikos.