Ghana winger Christian Atsu has left Premier League side Newcastle United following the expiration of his contract.
The 29-year-old initially joined the Magpies on loan from Chelsea in 2016 before making the deal permanent in July 2017.
Atsu made 107 appearances for Newcastle and scored eight goals during his five-year stint at the club but found game time difficult to come by in the just-ended 2020/21 season.
Speaking about his departure from the club on Instagram, Atsu expressed gratitude to fans and staff of the club for making him feel welcome.
He posted: “When I arrived in Newcastle almost 5 years ago, I was made to feel welcome from the start..by everyone at the club and especially by the fans. I grew to love the city and my young family feel very at home here. Sadly, the time has now come for me to leave the club, so I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who is part of the Newcastle Utd family. Thank you to the Toon Army fans, a lot of whom I’ve met around the city. I will never forget my time in the North East and for sure I will follow the results every week. Thank you my geordie staff, players & fans, it’s been a pleasure! 🙏🏼🖤🤍”.
Atsu was left out of Newcastle’s 25-man Premier League squad at the start of the season, but then added back into it in January, following the exit of DeAndre Yedlin to Galatasaray.
However, he was not called onto the bench once in the final months of the 2020/21 campaign, despite Bruce’s Magpies suffering an injury crisis with Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Miguel Almiron and Ryan Fraser all spending time out of the side.
He has been linked with a transfer to Championship side Huddersfield Town.