I only just returned from the hospital and see that Newcastle have announced that 25 year-old 42 times capped Ghana International Christian Atsu has joined Newcastle, as Rafa Benitez decided to take up the option to sign him for about £6.5M from Chelsea.
Christian joined us on loan for the season last August and he made 35 appearances for us in all competitions with five good goals and along the way became a firm fan favorite with the Newcastle fans.
Christian made it clear he really wanted to join the Rafa revolution on Tyneside and said the manager had made a huge difference in his life over the last 10 months.
Christian Atsu – signs along the dotted line
The transfer is dependent on Atsu successfully reapplying for a work permit, but that shouldn’t be a problem with Christian being a regular in the Ghana national side.
This is what Rafa Benitez said on the Newcastle web-site about the signing:
“We are happy to sign a good player.” “He’s shown us that he’s a good professional and someone who is very keen to learn and improve.”
“Christian has been a key part of our promotion campaign and he wants to help us to build something for the future.”
In the poll we ran 83% of fans wanted Rafa to sign Atsu permanently – so they got their wish.
Should Benitez Sign Christian Atsu Permanently
- Yes (83%, 2,502 Votes)
- No (17%, 496 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,998
And this is what Christian has tweeted about the move today.
Toon Army! ?????
— Christian Atsu (@ChristianAtsu20) May 24, 2017
Christian is fast and skillful and one of the areas of his game he can improve at Newcastle is his consistency and he’ll get help from Rafa to do just that.
This is the first official signing by Newcastle this summer – many more good players are expected to sign for us before September rolls around.