Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu has admitted that things did not go according to plan in his career.
The 29-year-old recently left English Premier League side Newcastle United after five years at St.James’ Park where he helped the Magpies gain promotion back to the English elite division in the 2016/17 season.
Atsu is looking for a new club and at the age of 29, he has made an honest reflection on his journey so far.
“I know I could have reached a higher level by now because I believe with all my heart even when I was leaving for Europe, I knew I will play football to the highest level,” he told Sport World Ghana.
“I know this is not my level, the level I am supposed to be, but there are a lot of things behind it which I don’t want to make public.”
With the transfer window now open, the winger has an opportunity to find a new home and he says he will take his time to decide on his next destination.
“I have a lot of offers but I think I will leave Europe, but I cannot say anything for now.”
He harnessed his skills at the famous FC Porto academy before going out on loan to Rio Ave where he showed his quality scoring six in his debut season (2011/12).
Premier League side Chelsea signed the left-footed attacker from Porto, but he failed to make it into the senior team. After loans to Vitesse Arnhem, FC Malaga, Everton and AFC Bournemourth, Atsu eventually signed for Newcastle United on a permanent deal.
At international level, Atsu made his debut for Ghana in 2012 and went on to play 65 international games finding the back of the net nine times. He played at the 2014 Fifa World Cup and in three Africa Cup of Nations with the Black Stars.
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By FARPost reporter