(Image): Chelsea legend remembers the time he faced off against Mateo Kovacic in Italy

Chelsea have had some pretty great midfielders over the years, but few are remembered as fondly as the much loved Michael Essien.

The Ghana star today posted a “throwback” image to his time on loan at AC Milan from the Chels, where he came up against a young Mateo Kovacic at Inter in the Milan derby.

Neither knew at that stage that the Croat would go on to be a key man for Chelsea’s midfield himself, with their respective paths crossing in that one game in the San Siro.

You can see the post from the “Bison” here: