Christian Atsu says it is still his “dream” to play for Chelsea, but the winger admits he must first impress during his loan spell at Bournemouth.
Atsu has been restricted to just one appearance for Bournemouth since joining on loan this season, with the Ghanaian starting the Capital One Cup victory over Hartlepool.
The winger still holds aspirations of eventually playing for parent club Chelsea however, but not before he earns a first team role at Dean Court.
“It’s my dream to play for Chelsea. But right now I have to focus on Bournemouth,” he told BBC Sport. “If I don’t play here, there is no way I will get a chance at Chelsea.
“Of course I’m not happy I’m not playing in the Premier League because I came here to play.
“Going out on loan is very difficult. You have to keep moving and taking your family with you and that is not easy. But that is the life, and you have to accept it.
“I’m settling in well at Bournemouth, everything is step by step but things are good with my life and my family.”
Atsu joined Chelsea in 2013 before linking up with Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem and then Everton on loan, and he is looking to make more of an impact at Bournemouth this time after impressing in the 4-0 win against Hartlepool last month.
“I was very happy to play in that game and to make my return from injury,” he said. “The fans were great to me that night and I thank them for their support.
“With my fitness I am getting better and right now I am ready to play many games.”