Christian Atsu has praised Porto president Jorge Pinto da Costa for helping him seal his dream move to Chelsea despite difficulties he had with the Portuguese before sealing his switch to the English club.
Ghana winger is confident he will play for Chelsea in future after being loaned out to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem immediately after sealing his switch to the Blues.
Atsu joined the English Premier League side on Saturday after enduring some difficult last days at the Portuguese side.
Atsu was flogged to the Porto team B for turning down a new contract offer and demanding a move to England, which strained his relationship with Porto officials.
The Ghana star has now hailed da Costa, one of the hardest bargainers in world football, for ensuring that his move to Chelsea was smooth.
“I was lucky enough that Pinto da Costa intervened in the matter. FC Porto are very lucky to have a president like that,” Atsu said.
“It was he who allowed my exit and all I can say to him is thank you.”
Despite being loaned out to Vitesse, Atsu is confident he will return to play at Chelsea in future to achieve his dream of playing in the English Premier League.
Though the Black Stars winger has been signed by Chelsea he will spend the current season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in the Erdivisie though he admits the premier league was his ideal starting point.
“I have to postpone the dream for now, but I am a player of a top club in the Premier League,” Atsu said.
“It remains my dream to start there and with hard work I will get there.”
Atsu has arrived in Ghana ahead of Friday’s decisive World Cup clash against Zambia.