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Christian Atsu found dead in Turkey rubble 12 days after earthquake

Ghanaian and former Premier League footballer Christian Atsu has been found dead 12 days after the Turkey earthquake, his manager confirmed today.

The 31-year-old ex-Newcastle and Chelsea player went missing following the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria on Monday, February 6. His body has now been discovered and the sad news was confirmed on Saturday morning.

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Christian Atsu found dead in Turkey rubble 12 days after earthquake

Christian Atsu was reported as missing within hours of the earthquake. He scored a last-minute winner for current club Hatayspor in their home game against Turkish Super Lig rivals Kasimpasa on Sunday, February 5 just hours before the devastating event unfolded.

Atsu joined the Turkish side last September and was in the city of Antakya when the earthquake struck. He also represented the likes of Porto, Everton, Bournemouth and Malaga during his career, as well as playing international football for Ghana.

His agent, Nana Sechere, said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to announce to all well wishers that sadly Christian Atsu’s body was recovered this morning My deepest condolences go to his family and loved ones. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their prayers and support.

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The building where Atsu and sporting director Taner Savut lived

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“I ask that whilst we make the necessary arrangements, that everyone would please respect the privacy of the family during this very difficult time.”

Hatayspor tweeted: “Sorry for your loss. The funeral of our football player Christian Atsu, who lost his life under the collapse, is on his way to be sent to his hometown Ghana. We will not forget you, Atsu. Peace be upon you, beautiful person. There are no words to describe our sadness. Rest in peace.”


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