Atsu eying more glory after scoring debut

Malaga winger Christian Atsu is in bullish mood after netting on his debut for his new side.

The 24-year-old forced his way onto coach Javi Gracia’s starting team last Friday, capping his La Liga bow with a goal as the Blue and Whites thrashed Getafe 3-0 at the Estadio La Rosaleda.

“It’s been a while since I played, but I felt good, confident and pleased to play at La Rosaleda,” Atsu told his club’s official website.

“We have a great group of players; they’re easy to work with and I feel very comfortable. I have adapted quickly after getting a great welcome.”

An unused substitute in Malaga 2-1 win over Eibar in his first involvement with the club upon his transfer, Atsu was hauled off at half-time in last Friday’s encounter, raising concerns that the winger may have suffered an injury relapse.

“Gracia is a very prepared coach and he gave me a chance to play at a time he thought was best for the club,” Atsu added.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity. It’s what I needed for a long time, and I look forward to working hard to please the coaches and the club.

“It was a good 45 minutes on the pitch. If I want to show my best level, I need to keep playing and working hard.”

Meanwhile, following earlier revelations by coach Gracia that Atsu was substituted at half-time to avoid risking an injury, the club’s official website has confirmed that the Ghanaian picked up a muscular injury in Friday’s game and, thus, sat out Monday’s training.

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