Michael Essien completes signing for Panathinaikos

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has signed for Panathinaikos after leaving AC Milan.

The 32-year-old was out of contract after 18 months at the San Siro and has been quickly snapped up by the Super League runners-up.

The club announced he has signed a two-year contract.

"I am very happy that I am here and that I will continue my career in Panathinaikos," Essien said on the club's website.

"I am looking forward to meet my new team and win trophies with my new team-mates. I want to give back the love that everyone has shown me and to thank the fans that welcomed me so warmly."

The Ghana international was a two-time Premier League winner and four-time FA Cup winner during a nine-year association with Chelsea, during which he also spent time on loan at Real Madrid where he was reunited with Jose Mourinho.

Essien joined Chelsea in 2005 after winning two Ligue 1 titles with Lyon.

His time at Milan was interrupted by injury and he was restricted to 22 appearances.