Atsu played just twice during a six-month loan spell at Bournemouth.

Chelsea winger Christian Atsu happy to return to Malaga

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Chelsea winger Christian Atsu has admitted he is happy to continue getting his career back on track at loan club Malaga.

As reported by Spanish newspaper Marca, the 24-year-old is enjoying life in the Andalusian city, despite only joining on a six-month loan in January.

The Ghanaian international has yet to play a competitive match for Chelsea, having joined from Porto in 2013, spending the majority of time away from the Stamford Bridge outfit.


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Atsu joined Malaga during the winter transfer window, having spent the first half of the season at Premier League side Bournemouth.

Since then, he has played 11 times for Los Boquerones in La Liga, netting just once, as he looks to return to the form that saw him become one of the hottest properties during his time in Portugal.

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“I am very happy because I’m living a very positive experience,” Atsu told Marca.

“I quickly realised that I was right when I decided to come. Here the atmosphere is perfect for a footballer.”

After his £3.5m move to Chelsea, he was immediately loaned out to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem for 12 months, before spending a season at Everton.

Yet, he was unable to make an impact at the Toffees, managing just 13 appearances in all competitions, a majority of which came in the Europa League.

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It was a similar story during his brief stint at Bournemouth for the first half of the campaign, featuring just twice, both coming in the League Cup.

This saw him shipped to Malaga, and he has felt at home in the Spanish top flight.

“I really like the Spanish league, because the style helps me be a better player. I think I could show more here.

“The club is good, the fans help and encourage me. All the influences so that a player can grow and improve.”


Whilst Atsu has endured his short spell in the south of Spain, and would love to return next season, he has admitted that the choice to stay at Malaga or go back to Chelsea is not his to make.

“The decision does not depend on me, so I just have to wait.

“I have not received any offers from Malaga so far. I have a contract with Chelsea, but I think everything is possible in football.”

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