Newcastle United's Christian Atsu
Monday Jan 29, 2018. 13:00
Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu played a key role in Newcastle United signing Chelsea youngster Kenedy on loan.
The Magpies signed the Brazilian until the end of the 2017/18 season and it has been revealed that the left-back asked Atsu about life at St James’ Park before agreeing to the move.
Atsu and Kenedy were both on Chelsea’s books between 2015 and 2017 and struck up a strong friendship, despite spending most of the time apart on separate loan spells.
“I’m very happy that they’ve signed him. He’s a great lad and also a very good player,” Atsu told nufcTV ahead of Newcastle’s FA Cup fourth-round tie against his former club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this past weekend.
“He can bring a lot of improvement into the team. He’s very technical and can create chances for the strikers.
“He was asking to know more about the club. I said: It’s a fantastic club with the fans behind us. We have a great coach who also likes young players.’
“If he works hard, he’s going to play, for sure. He wants to play. He wants to work hard. This is the reason why he came to Newcastle. He wants to help the club.
“He’s determined to make sure he’s playing. I believe with his quality, and the hard work and determination - Rafa is a fair coach, so he will give him a chance.”