New signing Christian Atsu will get a full summer’s rest ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
The winger – who joined Newcastle United from Chelsea this week in a £6.2million deal – has been left out of Ghana’s latest squad.
Coach Kwesi Appiah named 10 uncapped players in his 30-man party for the June 11 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia and friendlies against Mexico and USA.
Atsu’s non-involvement will give him time to rest after a demanding loan campaign at Newcastle.
The 25-year-old scored five goals for Rafa Benitez’s side, who won the Championship title on the last day of the season.
United activated a buy clause in Atsu’s loan deal, and the move was confirmed this week. Atsu has signed a four-year deal.
We are happy to sign a good player. He wants to help us to build something for the future.Rafa Benitez
Manager Benitez said: “We are happy to sign a good player. He wants to help us to build something for the future.”