Christian Atsu, a former Premier League player who went missing following the terrible earthquake in Turkey and Syria 12 days ago, was found dead early on Saturday.
Both Christian Atsu’s agent and manager confirmed his passing at the age of 31.
Following the tragic earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday, February 6, the former Premier League player, who played for both Newcastle United and Chelsea, went missing. Sad news was announced on Saturday morning that his body has now been found.
Within hours of the earthquake, Atsu was reported missing. Only hours before the tragic incident took place, he scored a last-second winner for his current club Hatayspor against Turkish Super Lig rivals Kasimpasa on February 5 at home. Atsu joined the Turkish side in September of last year and was in Antakya at the time of the earlier this month’s earthquake. The winger played for Ghana at the international level and also for clubs like Porto, Everton, Bournemouth, and Malaga during his career.
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. “I ask that whilst we make the necessary arrangements, that everyone would please respect the privacy of the family during this very difficult time.” A number of Turkey’s Super Lig sides have also paid tribute.