Atsu makes shock Asian move


Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu has completed a move to Saudi Arabian club Al Raed after parting ways with Newcastle United.

The 29-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the top-flight club, and therefore becoming the second Ghanaian to move to the Asian country this transfer window after Afriyie Acquah joined Al Batin last month.

Atsu’s move comes as a surprise as he gave no hint of quitting European football for Asia.

He moved to Europe as a teenager in 2011 afters signing for Portuguese giants FC Porto.

After two excellent years at Porto, Atsu signed a five-year contract with Chelsea worth 3.5 million Euros. However, he left the club without breaking into the first team.

When he arrived, Atsu was immediately loaned to Vitesse and subsequently featured for Everton, Bournemouth, Everton and Malaga, all on loan, before his permanent transfer to Newcastle United in 2017.

Atsu left Newcastle last month after a torrid last season in which he failed to make a single appearance in the Premier League.

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By FARPost reporter