Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu has promised to give his all for English Premier League side Newcastle United as they bid to move further away from the relegation zone in the English Premier League.
Atsu, 26, is the focus of Wednesday’s official matchday programme of Newcastle United for the visit of Burnley (7.45pm kick-off).
The Magpies take on Sean Dyche’s side at St. James’ Park and Ghanaian international Atsu’s image adorns the front cover, with an in-depth, ten-page interview inside.
Supporters who follows the 26-year-old on social media will know that Christianity is an important part of Atsu’s make-up, and the former Porto man took UNITED to Hillsong church’s Newcastle campus for this week’s Big Interview.
In it, he opens up about his challenging childhood in his homeland and the way in which his beliefs and relationship with religion developed throughout his life.
The father of two also discusses family and football, in particular his desire to realise his potential at United after tough spells with Chelsea, Everton and Bournemouth.
“I’d say I’m trying, I’m trying. It’s not easy. I know for sure I will be better. I’m trying to work hard for the team and forget proving myself – there’s no need in proving myself in the English league,” Atsu told UNITED.
“Honestly, I’ve enjoyed my football here, with the coaches, friendships with my colleagues. I’ve enjoyed it so much. The fans have given me great encouragement. I’m happy. With them there, we know we are fighting for something.
“I’m always confident. Sometimes I’m down, but mostly I’m confident in my life now. For me, I know there is more from me to give to these fans. I’m working hard for everything I have been given in football. I will bring everything out here in Newcastle.”