This loan comes as a huge shock to most fans.
In the last weeks of August, it was understood that Chelsea wanted to either sell or loan out Michael Essien, but nobody would have expected him to sign for Real Madrid.
After Jose Mourinho left Chelsea, there were always rumors that Essien would join his former coach, whether it was at Inter Milan or at Real Madrid.
Now, in somewhat strange circumstances, the two will be reunited, and it will be on a loan deal.
While Chelsea fans will be somewhat saddened by this (even if it's just one year), this transfer is best for everyone.
Essien has played very little in the past two years or so, and it would have been no different this year.
While Real are also fairly stacked in the midfield positions, the departures of Hamit Altintop, Fernando Gago, Nuri Sahin (loan), Esteban Granero and Lasanna Diarra leave Los Blancos with few defensive midfielders.
The Ghanaian will get more playing time at the Santiago Bernabeu, and fans will hope to see him at his best again.