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Breaking News: Ghana star Chrirstian Atsu joins English side Chelsea, loaned to Vitesse Arnheim

Published on: 30 August 2013
Christian Atsu has joined Chelsea and loaned out to Vitesse Arnhem

English side Chelsea have signed talented Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu and have immediately been loaned him to Dutch club Vitesse Arnheim.

The 23-year-old join for a fee of around £3.5 million from Portuguese giants Porto.

Insiders close to the deal have told, Ghana's leading football news outlet, that he will sign a four-year contract with Chelsea if he is successful in the medical.

The Ghana international, who has just a year left on his contract with Porto, will arrive in Holland on Friday to undergo the medical before he is presented by Vitesse Arnheim.

Atsu has been sent straight out on loan, with manager Jose Mourinho having already made clear his one in, one out policy at Stamford Bridge.

The deal ends the silky player's nightmare with Porto after he was frozen out of the club's first team for refusing to extend his expiring contract.

The move is a massive coup for Atsu and beneficial to Porto who could have lost the player on a free transfer if they transfer window had closed.

The move to Holland will guarantee him crucial playing time and enough space to grow because of the open play in Dutch football.

With the 2014 World Cup approaching, playing time will be crucial to players being selected to Ghana's national team for the tournament in Brazil.

Jose Mourinho will consider the deal a subconscious victory over Liverpool, who were also linked with the player.

As it was unclear how Atsu will fit into the Chelsea first team they have loaned him out to the Dutch outfit to help his progress.


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  • Saxcee says:
    August 30, 2013 07:29 am
    wwwooowww, grt move... The dutch style added to what you got will make you one of the best if not the best. Great move, cos it seems every team Mourinho goes he wants to have a Ghanaian player in the team. He's the right man to boost your confidence and nurture you. great loan move and i wish you well.
  • nii says:
    August 30, 2013 07:25 am
    braa Atsu i hope this is not a bad move
  • Papadinho says:
    August 30, 2013 07:26 am
    Great news!! i am a vitesse fan. daamn almost got a heart attack when i saw this. Kampioenen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Living in Arnhem bro just link up
  • dj says:
    August 30, 2013 07:55 am
  • Dr Who says:
    August 30, 2013 07:57 am
    Good decision by,regular play is assured...a slot in Black Stars is in your pocket....and no more training with the reserves...Am happy for Atsu.
  • Bismark says:
    August 30, 2013 07:58 am
    not bad. i wish u best football season with your new team atsu
    August 30, 2013 08:01 am
  • Papadinho says:
    August 30, 2013 08:16 am
    true ooohhh
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    August 30, 2013 08:39 am
    Hmmmmmmm! Not bad, but Chelsea could have done better by farming him out to a mid table EPL club instead of Vitesse Anherm. However on the brigther side Vitesse is an ambitious club owned by a wealthy Georgian businessman, besides they finished 4th in the Eredivisie last season and that means they'll be playing in this year's Europa League. Ivorian striker Wildred Borney was their top scorer last season with 37 goals in all competition and he's now Swansea's club record signing, moving to the Welsh club for a fee of £12m. Dont forget Annan also played for this same club some few seasons back and he excelled there, I think its not a bad move at all considering the fact that Atsu is very young and has lotta years ahead of him. With this move now playing time is assured and this will enhance his chances of making the squad for the WC in Brazil, he should just make good use of this loan move. If he impress then Chelsea have no other option but to recall him or if possible another big club can snap him up.
  • Good.... says:
    August 30, 2013 09:10 am
    A Ghanaian agent friend of my in Holland told me this news aprox. 1.5 weeks ago. That the clubs were in talks. He said coming to Vitesse Arnhem is a very very good move for the player. Its a young team with a strict coach who likes attacking style and really makes players better. He said within 2 years max he will get his starting lineup at Chelsea.
  • Nii Kwatei says:
    August 30, 2013 09:14 am
    I'm not sure about this move. As I'm born and raised in Arnhem, I follow the Dutc league and compared to FC Porto, it's a step back. He was virtually assured a starting place in Porto, but Atsu forecfully wanted to leave for the EPL. It would have been better if you stayed there, and play CL football. Also our club Vitesse, already crashed out of the Europa League, so Atsu will not have exposure to European experiences which is a prerequisite to develop as a sportsman. However, I'm delighted he joined my club, now I can watch im every week! Good luck, Atsu.
  • Kwaku Tee says:
    August 30, 2013 09:31 am
    Thanks Johnson for your in-depth analysis you truly know your soccer,its so factual.We wish well in his new club
  • Oforil says:
    August 30, 2013 09:40 am
    Vittesse is a good one if true.That is the home of chelsea loanees.Their starting 11 consists of 6 chelsea players on loan including piazon,chalobah,e.t.c.
  • Oforil says:
    August 30, 2013 09:41 am
    But it isn't official.Its not on the chelsea official website yet.
  • [email protected] says:
    August 30, 2013 10:00 am
    are u guyz sure???!!!! Cos chelsea site hv nt annoucd it
  • GH Panther says:
    August 30, 2013 12:05 pm
    well, the loan move is great for playing time and a chance to be part of ghana's squad for the world cup but being a chelsea owned player, not so sure. i maintain chelsea is experimenting with him jux like all their other numerous loanees. he will hv to be outstandingly good to return to chelsea and even dat ain't good cos he simply won't command a starting place der, not with all dat competition. chelsea is simply not a club for young upcoming talents but established stars. eto'o has jux bn captured by chelsea this window and more will follow.
  • MAWUDEKA says:
    August 30, 2013 12:08 pm
  • gpaulicus says:
    August 30, 2013 12:50 pm
    Not good move at all. Ah! Atsu, u should hav be in porto or move to liverpool. U would play in the 1st team of porto in the champions leaque. Oh! Bad move. But all the same, wishes u all the best.
  • Godbless says:
    August 30, 2013 02:37 pm
    What is it about good and bad! No one knows the future and moreover he is the person who took the decision to leave so whats the qualms about all this. The risk he took was wealth taken. Who knows what was happening behind close between Porto and Atsu? Goodluck if the deal goes through. Go develop yourself well at Vitesse and the rest will history...
  • john doee says:
    August 31, 2013 02:46 am
    he doesn't even get playing time so it doesn't matter