Christian Atsu, the Ghanaian and Newcastle United winger has refuted claims of him retiring from the Black Stars prematurely.
Reports emerged on Friday that Christian Atsu , who is a former Chelsea and FC Porto winger , has communicated to CK Akonnor, the head coach of the team, that he is no more interested in playing for the country.
Christian Atsu, according to the supposed reports, was not impressed with the support of the country offered to him when he got injured during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
However, a close friend of Atsu at the camp of the Black Stars has said Atsu was stunned with the reports adding that he [Christian Atsu] and CK Akonnor had a fruitful discussion and pledge to offer his help anytime he is called upon.
“Christian Atsu is really surprised with the reports,” he said.
“He has not communicated to CK Akonnor that he has retired from the national team. They had a fruitful discussion when Akonnor visited him in England.
“Atsu told the coach he should excuse him from the Sudan game because he just returned from injury but he pledged his support to the coach.
“I will urge Ghanaians to disregard any reports. Atsu is still a member of the Black Stars and ready to play anytime he is called upon,” he added.