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Christian Atsu reveals why he chose to sign for Chelsea

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Newly signed winger Christian Atsu has revealed why he chose Chelsea as his next move.

Christian Atsu was in many people's eyes a surprise signing for Chelsea at the end of the transfer window, given their abundance of wide players and creative midfielders.

The Ghanaian signed from FC Porto, and was immediately loaned out to Chelsea's partner club Vitesse Arnhem in Holland, from where the Blues signed Marco van Ginkel.

He was the subject of interest from both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at various stages in the transfer window, but has revealed why Chelsea were his top choice.

It may seem obvious; the chance to work with a two-time Champions League winner in Jose Mourinho, a club with a fighting chance of winning the Premier League, and he's probably earning bigger wages at Stamford Bridge too.

But the reason he made up his mind to play for Chelsea is to do with one person in particular, he says, and that is Michael Essien.

Atsu holds his fellow Ghanaian in high regard, and says he wants to one day be revered in the same manner.

The 21-year-old told the BBC: "I respect him (Essien) a lot because it is not easy to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

"His presence at Chelsea has been decisive. I know that I have still a long way, but I hope that one day they will speak of me as they speak of him or Drogba."

Essien, 30, has been at Chelsea since signing for £24.4 million back in 2005, and became instrumental in their Premier League success.

His career has stalled in recent years when it should have been at it's peak, due to injury problems and a revolving door of new managers with varying approaches, each who wanted to bring in their new men.

Even so, whatever happens in the midfielder's future, he will always be highly regarded at the Bridge, and Atsu could not have picked a better role model to try and emulate.

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