On-loan Vitesse Arnhem star Christian Atsu has revealed his desire to remain with the Eredivisie club next season.
As per BBC Sport, the 22-year-old joined Chelsea from Porto in 2013 on a five-year deal for a fee of £3.5 million. However, the Ghanaian was quickly shipped out to Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan in order to gain first-team football.
It is a decision that has certainly helped the midfielder’s personal development within the game. As reported by Umar-Farouk Atipaga of Goal.com, Atsu was named Vitesse’s Player of the Year last week—in spite of the fact he didn’t join the Dutch club until October.
Atsu has been one of the brightest sparks in the Eredivisie this season, claiming five goals and six assists (via Whoscored.com) in 25 appearances—of which the majority came from midfield. The young star's fine displays have seen him garner vast amounts of praise from across Europe, with Goal.com’s Edmund Okai Gyimah claiming that Serie A side Fiorentina are amongst those interested in the Chelsea man.
However, according to Michael Bell of Football Oranje, Atsu has declared his willingness to remain in Holland for at least another season.
The Chelsea man told Voetbal International, via Bell:
Here, I get the chance to develop myself and at Vitesse we play an attacking system. Suppose I move to a bigger club and am placed on the bench or I move to a team that plays counter-attacking football, that would leave me feeling like I am going to the office and taking a nap on my desk.
Atsu is one of four Chelsea players currently on loan at Vitesse, alongside fellow youngsters Bertrand Traore, Patrick van Aanholt and Lucas Piazon. The close links between the English and Dutch clubs have been a hot topic in recent weeks, with the Dutch FA opening an investigation into the details of that partnership.
Regardless of those issues off the pitch, though, Atsu has been colossal on it for Vitesse this season; his return would certainly be welcomed by everyone at the GelreDome.
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