Oops, I am back in England so back to English, and it is my first blog in over 16 months or so.

Before I write about how it feels to be back home, I would like to say a big thanks to everyone at Real Madrid for making me feel special and part of their football family last season.
From the President (a very noble man), the board, staff and players right through to the fans, I was made to feel very important and I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to all of them.

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Semi Final - Second Leg - Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund - Santiago Bernabeu

Now I am back ‘home’ and happy to be back with Jose Mourinho to win more trophies for Chelsea Football Club.

A year ago I got a phone call from him in my hotel room in Monaco while preparing for the Super Cup. I knew I was on the bench for that game so when the chance came for me to be reunited with Jose, I didn’t hesitate.
At the time I was not part of the first 11, so it was easy to say yes to Jose’s call, but we are now back together where we belong and where we had so many beautiful years together and I hope we can recreate those magical years.

A lot of people have been asking why I sometimes call him ‘daddy’. It’s because he shaped my future and understands who I am, like any good father. Even when he was not at Chelsea, he will always wish me luck before, during and after the season. I could always pick up the phone and speak to him about anything and he will offer advice. He has never been disloyal to me and I like him and admire him because of that.

Jose is also one of the funniest men you will ever come across. For example when I scored my last goal for Real Madrid on the last day of the season, I ran over to celebrate with him and was expecting him to congratulate me when I hugged him. Instead he leaned over and said: ‘See you at pre-season training on July 8′. I found that so funny. I was expecting a pat on the back and thinking about my summer holidays and he surprised me with pre-season – that’s Jose for you.

Now I am back, I am ready to give my all to Chelsea. I haven’t lost any desire or motivation. I have been working hard in the last few weeks to be physically and mentally fit for the season and I feel good about my work so far.

The Here to Play, Here to Stay tour of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia was very good for the club and the players. The weather was extreme initially but once we settled in, we hit the ground running.

Soccer - Chelsea FC Pre Season Tour - Training - Rajamangala National Stadium

The Chelsea fans out there made us feel at home and were really great in their support of us. I’d like to thank all the lovely people who looked after us throughout our stay on tour and I look forward to your continued support throughout the season.

Now we are in America working hard in the final part of pre-season, and we are gearing up well for Hull City on August 18.

Back to the summer break, I took a few friends to Ghana to play an international charity game where we raised funds for four charities in my country. Thank you to all the players, guests and friends who took part in the Game of Hope. Ghanaians appreciate all your help in raising the necessary funds.

Soccer - Africa 11 v World 11 - Essien's Game of Hope & Inspiration - Accra Sports Stadium

The President of Ghana was kind enough to meet us and the people were as generous as ever in their support. It was a good event and I am truly grateful to all who helped make it what it was.

My final thanks go to Chelsea, Real Madrid and all the sponsors who gave us the chance to give Hope and Inspiration to the needy in Ghana.

Now, it feels good to see so many of my old team-mates and I can assure all the fans we are definitely going to give it a go this season. All the trophies are up for grabs and you can rest assured we will do all we can to bring as many as we can to the Bridge.

Before I sign off, I will like to tell you all – ‘Le Bison’ is back and so are the monthly blogs.




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