Ghanaian international, Christian Atsu, says he is ready to jump at the opportunity to play against his former club, Chelsea, on Sunday.
Atsu’s Newcastle take on his former Stamford Bridge side in a game the Ghanaian is expected to feature following Kenedy’s ineligibility due to the Premier League rules which prevents him from playing because he is a Chelsea loanee.
But the 26-year-old midfielder, who spoke to his club’s website, was emphatic about his readiness to fill in the shoes of Kenedy on Sunday. “I’m ready for any game. The decision is for Rafa Benitez to make; I’m just focused on training, working hard and I respect every decision that our manager makes,” he said.
Beyond Atsu’s determination to help the St James’ Park side win the game, he is anticipating another reunion with old friends at the Stamford Bridge.
“It’s good to have this relationship back again, to see old friends. I’m very happy that after the game I’m going to meet up with them, but before I meet them I hope that the three points will be for Newcastle”, the winger stated.
Atsu also praised the team spirit in his current club and believes that was what keeps the team stronger all the time ready to play against any side.
“We are Newcastle; we are a team. We have a very good team spirit and we are ready to compete with any team,” he said.
Buttressing the bond in the team, he explained that even when Kenedy missed a penalty in their game at the Cardiff City Stadium, he watched on as Joselu Sanmartin went to hug him. “This is the team spirit that we have and I’m very happy that the players supported him”, he added.
Atsu is not new to the European league, having played for clubs such as Vitesse, Everton, Bournemouth and Malaga in the Spanish league.