“So he gave the phone to me and I started speaking to Drogba and that’s how we started. I passed on my number to him and he passed it on to Jose and that’s when everything started. It was a tough transfer saga.”
Essien’s move was rewarded with a trophy-laden nine-year spell in west London where he won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the League Cup, Community Shield and the 2011/12 Champions League.
The 37-year-old, now plying his trade with Sabail in the Azerbaijan Premier League, also revealed that he met former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier at the Reds Melwood training ground for talks long before joining the Blues.
“I had lot of offers [when I was at Bastia]. I was close to signing for Liverpool when Gerard Houllier was their coach,” Essien said in an interview on Instagram Live, via the Daily Mail.