Michael Essien is chomping at the bit to start the next stage of his career after completing his move to AC Milan from Chelsea on Monday.
The 31-year-old Ghana International underwent a medical at Milan before putting pen to paper on a contract that ties him to the Italian giants until June 30, 2015
Essien will now link up with his new team-mates on Tuesday and he admits he is itching to begin life with the seven-time European Champions.
He tweeted: “I have just signed my contract with one of the best clubs in the world. Im very happy and looking forward to winning with the team#ForzaMilan.”
“I cannot wait to join the team in training and be a part of Milan’s family,” he added on Milan Channel.
Essien joins a Milan side who have fallen on hard times of late with their only major trophy success in the last six years being the 2010/11 Serie A title.
This season they are struggling down in ninth place in the Serie A standings, 28 points behind league leaders Juventus, while they were also knocked out of Coppa Italia quarter-finals at home by Udinese last week.
Nevertheless, Essien is excited to be joining such a “great club” and has pledged to give new Rossoneri coach Clarence Seedorf his all.
“I am very happy to have spoken to Seedorf, he is a nice person,” he said. “It’s a pleasure to have heard what Seedorf had to say about me.
“I always give my best and battle for the team from the first minute until the last.
“I hope to achieve something important and give my best for Milan.”
Written by George Coomber