Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Am to Repay Manager for Faith Shown in Me, Says Atsu; THE INTERVIEW: Christian Atsu Christian Atsu's Belated Unveiling as a Newcastle United Player May Have Been Low Key, but His Addition Could Be an Important One, Argues Chief Sports Writer Lee Ryder

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Am to Repay Manager for Faith Shown in Me, Says Atsu; THE INTERVIEW: Christian Atsu Christian Atsu's Belated Unveiling as a Newcastle United Player May Have Been Low Key, but His Addition Could Be an Important One, Argues Chief Sports Writer Lee Ryder

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Byline: Christian Atsu's

Christian CHRISTIAN Atsu's confirmation as a permanent signing for Newcastle United resulted in a relatively low-key Press conference at the club's Benton HQ.

player an After joining Newcastle for PS6.2million from Chelsea, the completion of the winger's move in May from the south to the north was supposed to be the start of a domino effect at United.

everybody in working "I am are together However, since Atsu's move from Stamford Bridge was rubberstamped Toon fans have watched on to see just one new face - Florian Lejeune - take his place for the next phase of the Rafalution.

Speaking own division, Despite quietly becoming a Newcastle player on a full-time basis, Atsu has stated he is determined to show the Newcastle faithful - and the rest of the Premier League - that he can cut it at the top level.

am very back to League "depends to the "I work now and to be than I before. always to improve myself.

With games to come against former clubs like Chelsea, Bournemouth and Everton, he certainly starts the season with a point to prove.

And it's worth noting that he is part of a hungry squad at United with many of the current players eager to show the world they are Premier League standard.

"I to Atsu said: "Everybody is working hard and running. We have to give our best.

working and consistent the team.

"Yes, we have the same manager but this is not the same season so everybody has to fight for their position in the team. All the guys are working hard.

"I am pleased to see we are together like last season."

Speaking about his own prospects in the top division, Atsu said: "I am very happy to get back to the Premier League with Newcastle.

"Everything now depends on me. It's down to the player now.

"I need to work hard now and try to be better than I was before. …

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