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Cheetah FC boss recollects how Atsu rejected Berekum Chelsea to indication for FC Porto


Soccer Information of Sunday, 26 July 2020

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President of Cheetah FC, Abdul Haye Yartey has shared a motivating tale about how Christian Atsu’s resolve to make a mark in Europe saw him convert down a massive cash financial loan deal from Ghana Leading League facet Berekum Chelsea.

Atsu spent some of his education and learning at the defunct Gomoa Fetteh Feyenoord academy right before leaving to be a part of Cheetah FC.

The nimble footed winger showcased his talent at an early age which prompted quite a few area clubs which include Premier League giants Berekum Chelsea to make a mouthwatering bid for him.

He however remaining the shores of Ghana at a tender age, signing for Portuguese Liga NOS giants FC Porto in 2009.

But Cheetah FC manager Haye Yartey, who nurtured the likes of Alhassan Wakaso of Vitoria SC and quite a few other Ghanaian players, Atsu’s vocation route could have taken a different switch but his interior belief to thrive in Europe aided him to come to be a major player.

“Immediately after we secured an invitation for Atsu to go for a demo at Porto, former Berekum Chelsea bankroller [Emmanuel] Kyeremeh asked for to have the boy on mortgage but we explained to him the boy experienced to go to Portugal. It was remaining with 10 times to the conclude of the January transfer window so Kyeremeh said that I know this boy will go and occur back again so consider this revenue and do a personal loan offer for us,” Yartey disclosed to Betty Yawson on Untold Stories.

“That was my initially large funds in football. It was $5,000. He stated, choose this income due to the fact when Atsu goes to Portugal you are going to command $30,000 to $40,000 transfer rate but we can give you that funds here due to the fact [then coach] Steve Polack purchased that Atsu need to move straight to Berekum Chelsea.”

“So we took the $5,000 and drafted the personal loan deal for Chelsea. Actually, myself and Atsu didn’t have cash at that time so we experienced to transform $1,500,000 from the $5,000 Mr. Kyeremeh gave us to go and acquire kits and other stuffs at Kantamanto for Atsu. The $3,500,000 which was the equilibrium of the funds, I try to remember I gave it to daddy to continue to keep it for me.”

“But when Atsu sat in the Plane, he sent me a textual content, it really is unlucky that I have missing that cellphone lately simply because I made a decision to keep the message. He said Mr. Yartey thank you quite substantially for every thing you have finished for me. He claimed I knew you could do some thing significant for me that is why I retained faith in you. He instructed me not to invest the remaining equilibrium of the funds.”

“He said and I quotation maintain it and ship it again to them [Kyeremeh] later for the reason that I will not return without securing a contract at Porto. He mentioned I’m likely to enjoy football to the highest amount,” he concluded.

Enjoy the complete interview beneath

Atsu has performed for really a selection of golf equipment in Europe because leaving FC Porto in 2013.

The Newcastle United wideman has donned the jerseys of Chelsea, Vitesse Arnhem, Everton, AFC Bournemouth and Málaga.

A whole intercontinental with about 63 caps because his debut in 2012, Atsu has represented Ghana at the 2014 FIFA Environment Cup and two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

He assisted the team finish as runners-up at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, in which he also received Player of the Match and Target of the Tournament.


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