Scottish giants Celtic seek loan deal for Chelsea's Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu

Celtic seek loan deal for Chelsea's Ghanaian winger Atsu

Top star: Atsu impressed on the wing for Ghana at the World Cup in Brazil

Celtic seek loan deal for Chelsea’s young Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu

  • Coach Ronny Delia has confirmed the Bhoys are in the market for the wide man
  • Atsu was wanted by Celtic before his £5million move to Chelsea
  • Celtic hope Champions League prospects can convince Atsu to join
  • KR Reykavik’s Atli Sigurjonsson is looking forward to playing Celtic
  • Midfielder says they are so concentrated on their Champions League tie that they have allowed their league form to slump

By
Stephen Mcgowan, Daily Mail

Parkhead boss Ronny Delia has confirmed that the Scottish champions are in the market for a wide man.

And 22-year-old Atsu is wanted by a raft of clubs in England, Spain and Germany for a year-long loan deal after spending last season at Vitesse Arnhem in Holland.

Top star: Atsu impressed on the wing for Ghana at the World Cup in Brazil

Top star: Atsu impressed on the wing for Ghana at the World Cup in Brazil

West Ham United and Aston Villa are known to be interested in the left winger, with Hamburg and Espanyol also linked.

But Celtic, who were linked with Atsu before he quit Porto for Stamford Bridge in a £5million deal last summer, hope the possibility of Champions League football could sway a player who started all three of Ghana’s World Cup games in Brazil.

Atsu enjoyed a successful loan spell in Holland, scoring five goals in 28 appearances – but has ruled out a return to the Erevidisie this time round.

Sought after: The young winger's performances have made him a loan target for a number of clubs

Sought after: The young winger’s performances have made him a loan target for a number of clubs

Celtic fly to Iceland this lunchtime ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League qualifying first leg tie with KR Reykavik, Deila’s first competitive match in charge.

The Icelandic club’s midfielder Atli Sigurjonsson admitted yesterday that his team mates have been so busy concentrating on playing Celtic that they have allowed their form to slump.

KR Reykjavik were stunned by struggling Thor in their last game in the league before they face Deila’s side.

And Sigurjonsson believes his side have been guilty of dwelling too much on their Scottish opponents ahead of the sell-out clash.

Experience: Atsu spent last season on loan at Dutch side Vitesse and Celtic hope they can be his next club

Experience: Atsu spent last season on loan at Dutch side Vitesse and Celtic hope they can be his next club

He said: ‘Perhaps the thought of playing Celtic has been disrupting our form.

‘It will be fun to play Celtic and we are all looking forward to it.

‘I don’t think our form has been too bad – we just let ourselves down in our last game.

‘We are a good team and although we recognise it will be tough against Celtic, we are confident we can give an excellent account of ourselves against a team as big as them.’

Youngster: Ronny Delia is hoping he can convince the player Celtic once tried to sign to come to Glasgow

Youngster: Ronny Delia is hoping he can convince the player Celtic once tried to sign to come to Glasgow

Do you think Atsu should take the loan move to Celtic and play in the Champions League? Do you think he can get playing time at Chelsea under Mourinho? Make your views known in the box below…

READERS COMMENTS

  1. kwame-blz says:

    Why play in the 2 team league?? if not interested in aston villa/westham then go back to portugal or germany hamburg.

  2. daniel says:

    for the sake of champions lge he shd go to celtic

  3. Dr Who says:

    Celtic is a big club and Atsu will get champions league exposer to convince mourinho of his skills.He should go.

  4. Jamie duffu says:

    Two team league?why whose the other one.you obviously have no idea about what your saying.keep your negative opinions for something you at least have a small bit of knowledge of.

  5. Only Me says:

    Kramer-blz
    12 teams in the league. Champions league exposure and most importantly, learning to be a winner. That’s why.

  6. mutary gariba says:

    Am just waiting to here a team on the Planet Jupiter seeking the services if Atsu!!,why,is he the only football on this planet??.please leave our property alone,i mean, we chelsea fans!!

  7. mutary gariba says:

    Am just waiting to here a team on the Planet Jupiter seeking the services of Atsu!!,why,is he the only footballer on this planet??.please leave our property alone,i mean, we chelsea fans!!