Ghanaian national football player and former Newcastle midfielder Christian Atsu has been found dead under the wreckage of the residence where he lived in Turkey.
Atsu’s manager in Turkey, Murat Uzunmehmet, told DHA news agency that Atsu’s body had been discovered under the rubble in the Turkish southern province of Hatay. The athlete’s phone was also found at the scene.
Ghanaian footballer’s agent, Nana Sechere, tweeted: “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.”
“I ask that whilst we make the necessary arrangements, that everyone would please respect the privacy of the family during this very difficult time.”
Atsu had joined Hatayspor, a Turkish Super Lig club based in Hatay near the epicentre of Turkey’s massive earthquake, in September. He had been scheduled to fly out of southern Turkey hours before the earthquake but had opted to stay with the club after scoring the game-winning goal in a Super Lig match on February 5.
Atsu began his professional football career in Portugal before joining Chelsea in 2013. He then went on to play for several other clubs, including Everton, Newcastle United, and most recently, Saudi Arabian club Al Raed.
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