I knew several of my team mates before coming here. Apart from [Carvalho, Ronaldo, Modric, Alonso, who all played in the Premier League], the other day Casillas reminded me that we had played against each other in the Meridian Cup in South Africa when we were 16 or 17. And I remember playing against Kaká in the Under-20 World Cup in Argentina. They have all been very supportive, even the team mates I did not know at all. We are a team in every sense of the word and training is always fun.
Michael Essien [+]