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Christian Atsu Retires From Black Stars Over ‘Neglect’

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Ghana’s committed and reliable playmaker Christian Atsu has served notice of his decision to quit the Black Stars citing neglect over the injury that ultimately cost him his starting place at Newcastle United, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively report.

The patriotic player, who has consistently served Ghana with diligence over for more than seven years, has told Black Stars coach Charles Akonnor he is no longer available for selection.

A reliable source close to the player told Ghana’s leading football news outfit, Ghanasoccernet.com that the England-based player delivered the message to coach Akonnor when he visited England recently on a tour of Europe to meet Black Stars players.

It explains why the talented winger was excluded from the Ghana’s squad announced by Akonnor to face Sudan in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations double-header qualifier originally scheduled for last month, GHANAsoccernet.com can report.

Atsu’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt ended prematurely after he picked up a hamstring injury during his country’s 0-0 stalemate against Cameroon on July 1, 2019.

He was immediately flown to Tyneside for treatment which lasted for over two months.
GHANAsoccernet.com understands the talented winger is unhappy after officials of the Ghana Football Association failed to even contact him in the period of his predicament.

He was left to his faith despite proving his loyalty, dedication and commitment to the national team for several years.
The injury he suffered while on national duty cost him many things including his starting berth in the Newcastle United squad as well as wages because he could not get bonuses for playing and had to rely only on salaries.

He lost his place to the club’s emergency signing Allan Saint-Maximin due to the setback he suffered while on international duty.
The former FC Porto wingman is now reluctant to return to the Ghanaian national team after pouring out his genuine concerns to coach Charles Akonnor.

The former Everton and Bournemouth winger has demonstrated he is a top professional, whose loyalty to Ghana cannot be questioned.
He turned down a chance to play for Scottish giants Celtic during the winter transfer window as he preferred to fight for his place at St James’ Park.

Atsu has excelled heavily in Ghana colours, seizing games because of his huge heart, stamina and will to win for the Black Stars to earn him huge admirers in the West African nation.

An instinctive footballer often fuelled by emotion and adrenalin, Atsu has demonstrated his unrivaled commitment for the national since he bust onto the international scene in 2012.

It remains to be seen if the Ghana FA can make overtures for the wideman to rescind his decision.

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

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Manchester United And Chelsea Play Out Dull Stalemate

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Manchester United and Chelsea played out a dull draw in Premier League encounter on Saturday afternoon.

Fans will certainly be disappointed with the outcome of the first meeting between Premier League giants this season.

However, for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, he would be pleased with a second successive clean sheet. Goalkeeper Mendy made a couple of decent saves to deny Manchester United.

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Chelsea on the other hand had a penalty appeal in the first-half ignored. Maguire gripped Azpilicueta in a headlock at a corner and there was no review by VAR.

 

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Just In: Legon Cities Sign Asamoah Gyan 

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General captain for the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan has completed a sensational move to Legon Cities FC according to credible news reaching modernnewsgh.com

The newly branded football club has secured the services of the all time top scorer of Ghana after a fruitful negotiation.

The 34-year-old playmaker signed the contract with the Accra based club after he quashed the rumours of signing for Asante Kotoko.

Reports has it that he was given $150,000  as an appearance fee to sign for the club.

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Arteta lauds ‘impressive’ Thomas Partey

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Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has showered praises on Thomas Partey following his explosive performance on Thursday night.

Partey, who joined the Gunners on transfer deadline day from Atletico Madrid, made his full debut in their Europa League 2:1 win over Rapid Vienna in Austria.

David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored two goals in five second-half minutes after a Bernd Leno mistake had gifted Taxiarchis Fountas the opener to ensure the Gunners began Group B with a victory.

The Black Stars deputy captain’s presence in midfield broke down attacks and built play with apparently effortless ease.

And Arteta is excited by what is to come from the Ghana international.

“I think he held the midfield by himself in the second half when we were a little bit more open,” said the Arsenal boss. “He started to take more chances attacking certain spaces with some players.

“I think he was fantastic and there is much more to come from him.”

BT Sport pundit and former Manchester United and England midfielder, Owen Hargreaves, also described Partey’s performance on the night as “one of the best debuts I have ever seen.”

“He is a key ingredient of what Arsenal have been missing for years,” former England and Chelsea winger Karen Carney, commentating on the game for BT Sport, added.

“He has a knack of breaking up play and keeping the momentum going. He is pure class. He is versatile and tactically astute, gives more balance and is technically very good.

“He is brilliant and Arsenal fans will be overjoyed to see him in this team.”

Partey and his Arsenal teammates will now focus on their Premier League game against Leicester City on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.

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