After returning to parent club Chelsea on Tuesday, Christian Atsu has spoken out about his future with Newcastle United, claiming there has been “no conversations”, as of yet, to sign permanently on Tyneside.
The Ghanaian joined the Magpies on a season-long loan last summer, with recent reports suggesting Newcastle have the option to trigger a £6.5million purchase option for the 25 year-old.
The winger had this to say when asked about his future with Newcastle:
“(There have been) no conversations. I have not heard from Newcastle,”
“What I will say, though, is that I owe them thanks. They have given me an opportunity – it is a big club.”
“Whatever happens in the future I thank the fans, Rafa and everyone at the club.”
“I cannot say what will happen with me. I cannot predict football. I will go back to Chelsea first then we see.”
Atsu is thought to be keen on a permanent move to Newcastle, however the club appear to be in no rush to secure his services after crunch talks with Rafa Benitez taking precedence over recent days.
The winger has endured a mixed bag of performances during his spell in the North-East, notching 5 goals and 3 assists this season. At times he’d excite and on other occasions he’d go missing, but he has played a huge part in Newcastle’s success over the run in, with 2 goals and 3 impressive displays against Preston, Cardiff and Barnsley on the final day.
Personally, I hope he signs. He’s shown enough to make me believe he’d be a useful squad player, with a £6.5m fee seeming a very reasonable fee in this day and age for a player of his age and potential.