Christian Atsu joins Newcastle from Chelsea on four-year deal

HULL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29:  Newcastle player Christian Atsu in action during the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Hull City and Newcastle United at KC
Image: Christian Atsu spent last season on loan at Newcastle

Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Christian Atsu from Chelsea on a four-year deal.

The 25-year-old Ghana international spent last season on loan at St. James' Park, making 32 league appearances and scoring five goals.

The Magpies have now exercised an option to sign him for a fee understood to be £6.2m. The transfer is subject to Atsu successfully reapplying for a work permit.

Christian Atsu of Ghana
Image: Atsu has 42 caps for Ghana

Manager Rafael Benitez said: "We are happy to sign a good player. He's shown us that he's a good professional and someone who is very keen to learn and improve.

"Christian has been a key part of our promotion campaign and he wants to help us to build something for the future."

The 25-year-old joined Chelsea from Porto in 2013, but leaves the recently crowned Premier League champions having never made an appearance for the club.

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Atsu, capped 42 times by Ghana, has spent time on loan at Vitesse, Everton, Bournemouth and Malaga.

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