Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu is close to calling time on his international career, multiple media reports from his native Ghana claimed on Tuesday.The 29-year-old wants to focus on his club career after being left out of the Magpies 2020-21 Premier League squad.Atsu was heavily linked with a move away from the club in the closing few days of the European transfer window with Tottenham but failed to materialise.Despite the intense speculation, a move failed to materialise and he finds himself still at the club despite not being registered for the season.The player picked up a hamstring injury during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt which cost him many things including his starting berth in the Newcastle United squad as well as wages because he could not get bonuses for playing and had to rely only on salaries.He was left to his faith despite proving his loyalty, dedication and commitment to the national team for several years.He has since told new Black Star couch Charles Akonnor that he is no longer available for selection
He lost his place to the club’s emergency signing Allan Saint-Maximin due to the setback he suffered while on international duty.
The former Everton and Bournemouth winger has demonstrated he is a top professional, whose loyalty to Ghana cannot be questioned.
He turned down a chance to play for Scottish giants Celtic during the winter transfer window as he preferred to fight for his place at St James’ Park.
Atsu has excelled heavily in Ghana colours, seizing games because of his huge heart, stamina and will to win for the Black Stars to earn him huge admirers in the West African nation.
An instinctive footballer often fueled by emotion and adrenalin, Atsu has demonstrated his unrivaled commitment to the national team since he bust onto the international scene in 2012.