Committed to PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO KNOW
Vol. 5 Num 990 Wed. March 14, 2007  
   
Sports


Essien extends Chelsea contract


Chelsea's Ghana international midfielder Michael Essien didn't suffer for scoring an own goal in the epic 3-3 FA Cup quarterfinal draw with Spurs as on Monday he was rewarded with a new five-year contract by the Premiership champions.

The 24-year-old has been a huge success since his then record 24million pound move from French giants Lyon in August 2005 when he also signed a five-year deal.

Essien is highly rated by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and has been an ever-present for Chelsea this season, making 46 appearances in all competitions and scoring four times.