Atsu joins Malaga on loan

Chelsea winger Christian Atsu has signed for Malaga on loan until the end of the season – 24 hours after telling the BBC that he was joining Levante.

Before linking up with Javi Gracia’s Malaga last Monday, the 24-year-old Ghana international said that he would imminently be joining their La Liga rivals, Levante.

Atsu, who has been shipped out to Vitesse Arnhem and Everton since joining the Blues from Porto on a five-year contract for a reported £3.5 million in September 2013, did not feature in any Bournemouth matchday squad in the Premier League after signing on loan last May

And after being recalled to Chelsea on January 1, Atsu told the BBC World Service last Sunday: ‘I wish Chelsea good luck for their game, I told the players I will be going to Levante. I’m going to Spain and I think it’s a new challenge and I’m going to work hard.

“As a player you should be able to play in any league. It’s not why it suits you, or why it doesn’t suit you, but this way I will get time to play. I spoke with the coach, we had a very good chat, and I think if I work hard at least he’ll give me a chance”.

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