25 year-old Christian Atsu told anybody who would listen to him last season that he was desperate to join Newcastle United permanently and simply loved playing for the club.
The 42 times capped Ghanaian International (9 goals) got on very well with his team-mates and his smile was always there for people to see during training sessions.
It seems to have been a match made in heaven and at one point he told the press in Ghana that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez had been an inspiration to him last season; in short Christian loved working with the former Liverpool manager.
25 year-old Christian Atsu – first player signed in summer transfer window
Thankfully Rafa Benitez made the move permanent in May and Christian was ecstatic.
Here’s an interview he has given in the local press today and he talks about how Newcastle were always his first choice and how delighted he is of being part of the Newcastle family as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“I wanted to be part of the Newcastle family,” “I wanted to find a place to settle down. I’m happy to be here.”
“Yes – Newcastle was my first choice. “When the season ended, I wanted to stay. I always loved working with the team.”
“Benitez is very important for the team, and also for me. I’m always happy and enjoy working with him.”
“I’m very happy to be back in the Premier League with Newcastle and a great manager.”
“I need to work hard and try to be better than I was before.”
It’s always great to have players who simply love to play for Newcastle United.
Christian Atsu is one of them and one thing Christian has to improve is in his consistency.
His skills and speed are not in denial.
What do you think?