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06.05.2019 Football News

'I Have Endured Tough Time In England' - Atsu Reveals

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
'I Have Endured Tough Time In England' - Atsu Reveals

Ghanaian international, Christian Atsu has confessed that he has endured a torrid time since moving to England.

The 27-year-old arrived in England from FC Porto in 2013 after he agreed a five year deal with Chelsea for a fee of £3.5 million.

Atsu was immediately loaned to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, for the rest of the 2013–14 season.

He was again loaned to fellow Premier League club Everton on loan until the end of the 2014–15 season.

However, he also played for AFC Bournemouth and Spanish side Malaga before finally settling at Newcastle United on 31 August 2016.

“Football is always about chance and when you have the chance you have to take it, work hard and keep going," he told the Mirror.

"The problem is sometimes players find it very difficult to find the right club and when they do it's harder to find the right coach to give them the chance to play.

“Then there is the rare cases of when a player goes to a particular club and no matter what he does things just don't go well for him.

“In my situation, the only choice I had was to continue working hard and knowing that I would find what I want, and then Newcastle came along.

"I worked hard then when the opportunities started coming I listened to the manager and gave off my best.

“Everywhere you find yourself there is a reason you are there and for me at that time maybe I was meant to learn something from there."