Former Chelsea star refuses Premier League return out of loyalty to Blues

AC Milan ace Michael Essien has rejected the chance to return to the Premier League because of his loyalty to Chelsea, with interest coming from Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion, according to the Metro.

The midfielder was one of Chelsea’s greatest servants during a successful era, in which the 32-year-old won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, and a UEFA Champions League trophy.

Essien made the switch to Serie A last January after nine years at Stamford Bridge, with the Ghanaian finding regular playing time hard to come by following a series of injuries.

And now QPR and West Brom are interested in bringing Essien back to the English top flight, however according to his agent Fabien Piveteau, he won’t return to the Premier League unless the club in question is Chelsea.

“Essien will not play in the Premier League for any club other than Chelsea,” he told Italian website Calciomercatio.

“We had offers from West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers but we refused.”

Despite this, the two struggling clubs will be hopeful he will change his mind after Blues legend Frank Lampard also earlier insisted he won’t play for another EPL side, but is now involved in the Manchester City set-up.