Ghana and Newcastle United winger, Christian Atsu has refuted claims of retiring from the Black Stars prematurely.
Dozens of new portals reported on Friday that the former Chelsea and FC Porto winger has communicated to the head coach of the team, CK Akonnor that he is no more interested in playing for the country.
According to the reports, Atsu 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, Footballghana.com speaking to a close friend of Atsu at the camp of the Blck Stars, he 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.