When the season finished in early May, Newcastle fans started to look forward to the coming transfer window, but it’s been long and hard so far and without too much success.
That can change very quickly of course and we hope it does – soon.
We put out a poll at the end of April asking fans if we should sign Chelsea winger Christian Atsu permanently, after he had been on loan all season – and 83% of fans said yes.
25 year-old Christian Atsu – upbeat and smiling
But it seems it was still a wait of a week after the end of the season on Sunday May 7th – after we won the Championship – before Rafa Benitez decided to sign the 25 year-old Ghanaian International permanently.
For Christian, that seems to have been a very long and agonizing wait, because he wanted so much to sign for the club.
Christian is on a four year deal at Newcastle and he is certainly looking forward to the Premier League, which kicks off for Newcastle on Sunday, August 13th (unlucky for some) against Tottenham at home.
The game will be televised live around the world and it kicks off at 1:30 pm.
Now that’s more like it compared to last season.
This is what Christian has said in the Chronicle today about that rather long week waiting for a call from Rafa Benitez:
“He called me and told me he wanted to sign me, so I was very happy.”
“The fact he called me shows me respect and I have to repay him for that. When the season finished I went back to Chelsea and I was waiting for a week.”
“I hoped and prayed that Newcastle would take up the option. I had my dream came true. I wanted to be with this team.”
“The last trophy I won is always the most important but you want to move forward and win more.”
“I want to move forward in my life. It is important that we won that trophy.”
“What I remember most is that we finished the game and then we had to wait for the result. We were lucky that Aston Villa drew with Brighton and we won the league.”
“We were very happy but that moment has now passed and we focus on the new season.”
Christian is just a great guy who loves being at Newcastle and playing for the club.
That’s always good.
Here’s the poll we put out on April 30th and the fans got their wish.
Should Benitez Sign Christian Atsu Permanently
- Yes (83%, 2,502 Votes)
- No (17%, 496 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,998