Former Chelsea and Newcastle winger Christian Atsu has been found dead under the rubble almost two weeks after the Turkey earthquake, his agent has confirmed.
The Ghana international, 31, had spells with Premier League sides Everton, Chelsea and Newcastle.
The winger had been missing since the 6 February quake that caused the collapse of his apartment in Antakya, Hatay.
His former clubs, Newcastle and Chelsea have expressed their sadness on their social pages.
Atsu was born in Ada Foah, Greater Accra Region. As a youngster, he spent some of his education at the then Feyenoord Football Academy at Gomoa Fetteh, in the Central Region of Ghana, which has now been changed to West African Football Academy at Sogakope, in the Volta Region of Ghana. He later moved to join Cheetah FC, a club based in Kasoa.
Atsu won his first senior cap for the Ghana national team on 1 June 2012 against Lesotho, scoring in the process. He was described by the BBC as an “excellent prospect”. ESPN added he was “quick and technically impressive”, and a potential future star for his national team, according to Wikipedia.
Born: January 10, 1992, Ada Foah, Ghana
Rio Ave (loan): 2011-2012
Vitesse (loan): 2013-14
Everton (loan): 2014-15
Bournemouth (loan): 2015-16
Malaga (loan): 2016
Newcastle (loan): 2016-17
Newcastle (permanent): 2017-2021
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
— Nana Sechere (@iAmNana7) February 18, 2023
We are profoundly saddened to learn that Christian Atsu has tragically lost his life in Turkey's devastating earthquakes.
A talented player and a special person, he will always be fondly remembered by our players, staff and supporters.
Rest in peace, Christian. 🖤🤍
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) February 18, 2023
Everyone at Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the tragic passing of our former player, Christian Atsu. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 18, 2023
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