Ghana winger, Christian Atsu says he felt at home when he first arrived on loan at Newcastle United FC from Chelsea.
Atsu, who is departing Newcastle after the expiration of his contract, had a patchy five year career with the Toon Army.
The 29-year-old penned an emotional message to the club folks.
“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,” Atsu wrote on Tuesday.
“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 United 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 wrote.
Atsu started the usual “kick about” at Apenkwa, a suburb of Accra before properly nurturing his juvenile career at the then Gomoa Fetteh Feyenoord, now WAFA.
A move to Portuguese club, FC Porto saw him blossom from their youth side into the side in 2012.
He had a brief loan spell at Rio Ave before he was snapped up by England club, Chelsea following a sterling outing at Porto in 2013.
His Chelsea career did not go as expected as he was consistently sent on loan.
First stop was Dutch side, Vitesse Arnhem, Everton and Bournemouth in English football as well as Malaga of Spain.
He joined Newcastle United on loan in 2016 before the deal was made permanent a year later.
Atsu has since called time on his international career.