Chelsea hero Michael Essien claims he’d like to play with this Arsenal target

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Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey has established himself as one of the top African players in European football since breaking into Atletico Madrid’s first-team back in 2015.

The 26-year-old Ghana International has been linked with a move to Arsenal, and former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has admitted that he wished to have played with Partey.

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Essien said during an Instagram Live interview this week: “Thomas is such a good player. I’d have loved to play with him.

Essien, now playing for Azerbaijani club Sabail, further told South African reporter Carol Tshabalala in the interview: “He is a young and talented player making waves in Europe. He is one player I’d liked to play alongside but it will never happen.

“It is their time at the Black Stars now so we have to support them and hopefully they can take it from where we left off.”

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