"We are in talks about the end of our cooperation and I expect to make it official very soon. Unfortunately, we believed very much in Essien and spent a lot of money to sign him, but it was proved to be a mistake and we have to correct it. Michael is an excellent guy and 100% professional, I should mention that, but his performances were disappointing.
Panathinaikos are going to sign another midfielder of high quality, at the same position, not necessarily a famous veteran. Everything will be planned and made for club's sake, we want a strong footballer who will help this line reach a higher lever", said Giannis Alafouzos about the 33-year-old Ghanaian midfielder.