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"Ghanian Messi" delighted to make Chelsea move

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New Chelsea Christian Atsu says he is delighted to have secured a move to Chelsea and have the opportunity to work with Jose Mourinho.

The former Porto winger secured his move to Stamford Bridge on a five-year deal before being immediately loaned out to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.

Atsu, whose talent has earned him the nickname the "Ghanian Messi" is now back in his home country preparing to face Zambia, but says he is looking forward to returning to club action following the international break having secured his dream move.

"I'm happy because as a player you always want to be playing to stay in good shape," said Porto's player of the year in 2010/11," he told BBC Sport.

"When Chelsea came for me, I saw a good opportunity to work with a massive club and a great coach.

"I know I have to prove myself at Vitesse first and I'm determined to do just that."

The 21-year-old, who is capable of playing on the wing and through the middle, says Chelsea star and fellow Ghanian Michael Essien player a key role in his move to west London.

"I have a lot of respect for Essien because playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world is not easy.

"I know that I've a long way to go to get anywhere close to what he's done.

"Hopefully, one day I'll be mentioned in the same breadth as Essien and Didier Drogba."

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