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Michael Essien could face early contract termination by Persib Bandung

Michael Essien could be released by ambitious Indonesian side Persib Bandung in the second half of the season, claimed club legend Yudi Guntara.

Essien signed a one-year deal in March this year as a free agent. The deal also includes the option of an extension should the Ghanaian performs well.

However, the 34-year-old has struggled to adapt to the tough weather conditions in the country.

Persib Bandung legend Yudi Guntara has revealed that the Ghanaian alongside his former Chelsea teammate Carlton Cole could face the axe.

“Yes we can see that the rich foreign players the club brought in the person of Essien, Cole, and Matsunaga are constantly on the bench. I think only Vlado (Vladimir) is the effective one,” he is quoted by Sriwijaya.

“There are other considerations why they are not on top. Whether it’s physical or not, Essien and Cole have not been at the top level.”

“Try to compare with other teams, other teams always take advantage of foreign players and marquee signings. I don’t think they will be here after the first round,” Guntara added.