Atsu: Ghana striker responds to criticism over Chelsea move
The 29-year-old opens up about his move to Stamford Bridge in 2013 and his international ambitions
Ghanaian striker Christian Atsu is upholding his decision to join Chelsea in 2013 although he ultimately left the club four years later without an appearance in competition.
After breaking onto the scene with Portuguese giants Porto, the winger moved on to Stamford Bridge, joining the Blues on a five-year contract.
Tight competition for places in London forced him on successive loans before leaving the club for Newcastle United for good in 2017.
“This [joining Chelsea] was the right decision I made, if someone tells me this road is bad they must know what would have happened if I had stayed in Porto ”, said Atsu Athleticism.
“Would I be at a big European club now? Maybe, but no one can tell me for sure. If Chelsea want to sign you, how can you say no?
“I thought I could do it at Chelsea so I went there. It didn’t happen but it doesn’t make it a bad move.”
After periods on loan to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, England sides Everton, Bournemouth and Spain’s Malaga side, Atsu joined Newcastle initially on loan in 2016.
He helped the Magpies secure a promotion to the Premier League that season, a contribution that landed him a permanent contract before the next term.
At the end of the 2020-21 campaign his stint with Newcastle came to an end, leaving him as a free agent.
“I’m weighing my options,” Atsu says.
“I would prefer it to be warm, but we’ll see. I loved being in England and I have offers from here but I think I have to move away. I could stay in Europe. I have to decide. “
It certainly wasn’t the kind of final season the 29-year-old had hoped for at Newcastle as he was left out of the club’s first team altogether and made no appearances.
His club issues forced him to take time off from international duties with Ghana, having last represented his country in 2019.
“The [Ghana] coach [CK Akonnor] understands and he told me to let him know when I would be ready. I have to play first, ”Atsu explained.
Before the African Cup of Nations next January, Atsu hopes to join the Black Stars who are aiming for a first title since 1982.
“If you look at the players Ghana have produced since our last CAN win, it’s very sad,” he said.
“We have to aim for the January 2022 tournament. If I’m in it, as I hope, I’ll give it my all. I don’t want to retire without winning a trophy for Ghana. If I do, I will be a failure. “
The winger’s last appearance for Ghana was at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt in 2019.