Chelsea refuse Atsu loan move to Everton

Chelsea forward Christian Atsu’s proposed loan move to Everton has fallen through after the West London club expressed concern about how much playing time the Ghanaian would be given on Merseyside, the Metro has reported.

Roberto Martinez’ side looked set to beat to 10 other clubs for the chance to have Atsu at the club next season, having already tempted Romelu Lukaku to join from the Blues on a permanent basis.

However, Chelsea hope to send the 22-year-old to a club where he is likely to play fairly regularly, and they do not believe that Everton would provide him with that opportunity.

They attempted to insert a clause in Atsu’s loan deal that would have seen them have the chance to recall the player should they feel he was not being given enough game time at Goodison Park. That is believed to be the reason why the deal broke down.

Atsu, who represented his country at the World Cup as they made their first ever group stage exit, arrived at Chelsea last summer for £5m from FC Porto. He could still be loaned out, with Aston Villa and Sunderland among the other interested parties.

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