Chelsea enforcer Michael Essien has been handed a new contract that will keep him at the Premier League champions until the end of the 2014/15 campaign
The news will come as a boost to the Ghana international after he was recently ruled out of this summer's World Cup finals with a knee injury.
After making a big-money move from French side Lyon in 2005, Essien has made 185 appearances and scored 22 goals in Chelsea colours and the 27-year-old is ecstatic to have penned new terms.
"I am delighted because the club has shown a very big confidence and interest in me," he told the club's official website.
"I am looking forward to coming back and enjoying my football and winning more trophies with the club.
"That is why I am here. I think it is one of the most important contracts in my career."
Meanwhile, coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted the news will boost Chelsea and increase their chances of future success.
The Italian tactician added: "I am very happy that Michael has agreed to extend his time with us, as it means he will continue to be a very important player for Chelsea long into the future."