Former Ghana international Michael Essien has extended his coaching contract with FC Nordsjaelland, after signing a new two-year deal with the Danish Superligaen side.
After enjoying a player-coach spell with Azerbaijani side Sabail, the former Chelsea star had joined The Wild Tigers' coaching staff last September and he featured for the entire 2020-21 campaign with the Danish top-flight outfit.
Confirming the contract extension, FC Nordsjaelland manager Flemming Pedersen said the 38-year-old impressed during his time on the touchline and has been rewarded with a fresh deal to keep him at the Right to Dream Park.
“Michael Essien has chosen to extend with us until the summer of 2023,” Pedersen confirmed Essien's new deal to Sn.dk.
"We have just looked at each other in the first year, but it has been a no-brainer for him, and he told me that he likes to be here.
“We need Michael, and he gets even more focus on the individual focus. Both on the field, but also off. He can give the players so much advice. ”
Before venturing into coaching, Essien enjoyed an illustrious playing career, winning the 2012 Uefa Champions League and two Premier League titles with Chelsea. He also starred for Real Madrid, AC Milan, French sides Olympique Marseille and Bastia, Panathinaikos in Greece, and Indonesian outfit Persib Bandung.
On the international stage, the Ghanaian man also represented Black Stars at two senior World Cup tournaments in 2006 and 2014 and at two Africa Cup of Nations events in 2008 and 2010.
With his contract extension sorted, Essien is expected to build on his impressive coaching expliots with the Danish side as he hopes to excel in his new career transition in Denmark.