I must repay Rafa Benitez – Christian Atsu

Benitez AtsuRafa Benitez with Christian Atsu

Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu says he is determined to repay boss Rafa Benitez following his move in May.

The former Chelsea star, who never played a first-team game for the Premier League champions, was sent out on loan to Newcastle last summer.

He made a big impression as the Magpies earned promotion from the Championship and he signed a four-year deal after the two clubs agreed a £6.2million fee.

Atsu is currently preparing with the squad ahead of the new Premier League season and the 25-year-old admits he will have to work hard to repay the former Liverpool coach.

He told The Mag: “It was always my first choice to come back to Newcastle. As soon as the season ended, I knew I wanted to stay. I always loved working with the team here and always loved playing for Newcastle.

“I wanted to be part of the Newcastle family and now I really feel like I am part of the team here.

“The manager called me and told me he wanted to sign me. I was very happy at that moment. He called me and showed me a lot of respect and I need to repay him that now.”

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