Christian Atsu: Former Premier League star found dead after Turkey earthquake disaster
Published: 18/02/2023- 09:46
Professional footballer Christian Atsu has been found dead following the devastating earthquake across Turkey and Syria that has claimed thousands of lives.
Atsu had been missing since the earthquake struck and his body has now been found under rumble.
Atsu's current club Hatayspor released a statement paying tribute to their player.
"There are no words to describe our sadness," tweeted his Turkish top-flight club Hatayspor.
Newcastle released a statement paying tribute to their player
"We will not forget you, Atsu. Peace be upon you, beautiful person."
Atsu's agent Nana Sechere, who has been in Hatay, confirmed the news on Saturday on Twitter, writing: "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."
Atsu had been employed by four English clubs during his career: Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and Bournemouth.
The Ghanaian international had the biggest impact at Newcastle where he spent five years of his career and made over 100 appearances for the Magpies.
Newcastle tweeted following the confirmation of Atsu's death: "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."
Atsu first played for Newcastle while on loan from Chelsea in 2016-17, playing an important role in the club's promotion from the Championship to the Premier League.
The winger signed for the club permanently as a result, playing for Newcastle over a further four seasons.
In his last game for current side Hatayspor, Atsu scored a 97th minute winner just hours before the natural disaster occurred at 4am on February 6 2023.