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Newcastle tells Christian Atsu to look elsewhere

Head coach of English Premier League (EPL) side Newcastle United, Steve Bruce, has told Ghanaian and Black Stars winger Christian Atsu to look for a new club if they are in search of more playing time.

The former FC Porto midfielder joined the Sports Direct Arena side in 2017 from Chelsea on a reported €7.5m deal.

However, the 28-year-old has seen his playing time cut short due to recurring injuries – especially making 19 appearance last season with only six starts.

“I like Christian [Atsu] – the same goes for [Yoshinori] Muto – trains every day, works tirelessly, [and is] a good professional,” Bruce told the BBC Newcastle on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s League Cup clash with Blackburn Rovers.

“But in a situation where, are they going to play enough? There has to come a time when they go and play football.

“The same goes for [Henri] Saivet. Henri has been around the place since I’ve been here. We try to treat him with respect and he trains every day and is a good pro.

“Saivet, Atsu, Muto, [Achraf] Lazaar, [Rolando] Aarons – they need to find a home and try to progress their careers again.”

Atsu was left out of Newcastle’s opening EPL away game to West Ham United matchday squad on Saturday as they won 0-2.

He will be looking to make an appearance as the Magpies face Blackburn Rovers in the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening.

By: Kofi Amoah
Twitter: @milikykophy

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