AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has come in for heavy criticism from some sections of the Italian media
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Michael Essien has described his move from Chelsea to AC Milan as "a dream come true".
– AC Milan midfielder Michael Essien
I always said to my friends and family that before I finished my career I wanted to wear the Milan jersey
Then I spoke to (Milan coach Clarence) Seedorf and I didn't want to join any other team.
My decision to come here was only for one reason and that is to wear the colours of a top club.
I am delighted to be here, it's an honour.
This is a dream come true.
I can't wait to make my debut.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has come out in defence of Mario Balotelli following the forward's latest indiscretion.
The 23-year-old scored an equaliser for AC Milan in their 2-1 win over Cagliari on Sunday, but then made a vulgar gesture towards opposition fans to earn a yellow card.
– Italy manager Cesare Prandelli speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport
Balotelli will learn. He needs a lot of love.
We need to get the best out of him.
He is very tied to his emotions, he has these reactions but he is a very good person.
(AC Milan coach Clarence) Seedorf has already said the right things.
"I am convinced that with Seedorf's help we can bring out the best in Mario.
Michael Essien's eight-and-a-half-year spell at Chelsea is over after AC Milan signed the Ghanaian midfielder on undisclosed terms on Monday.
The 31-year-old joined the Blues from Lyon in 2005 and made 256 appearances for the club, also enjoying a season on loan with Real Madrid in 2012-13.
Just signed my contract to join one of the best clubs in the world.Im very happy and looking forward to winning with the team#ForzaMilan
Haters will broadcast your failure but whisper your success.Medicals done,looking forward to start my new life with AC MIlan.#jahbless?