Ghana international Christian Atsu has been found dead in Turkey.
The winger was previously missing for nearly two weeks after an earthquake rocked the nation. Atsu’s agent, Nana Sechere, announced the terrible news on Saturday via Twitter.
“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,” Sechere said. “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.”
Winger scored winning goal in final game
Atsu previously joined Turkish club Hatayspor in September. He scored the winning goal against Kasımpaşa in his final match prior to the earthquake. The club also issued a statement on Twitter as well. “We will not forget you, Atsu. Peace be upon you, beautiful person. There are no words to describe our sadness. REST in PEACE ATSU.”
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake was the deadliest disaster in Turkey’s modern history. Northwestern Syria also experienced devastation as well. In total, there has been over 43,000 confirmed fatalities between the two nations. The total death toll is, however, still rising nearly two weeks later.
Club VP previously claimed Atsu was found alive
Previous reports suggested that Atsu was actually found alive in the rubble. Hatayspor vice president Mustafa Ozat told Turkish radio that the player was “removed from the wreckage” on February 7th. Nevertheless, Atsu’s agent quickly denied the news.
Premier League fans will surely remember Atsu during spells with three different English top flight teams. Chelsea previously bought the Ghanian from Porto in 2013. He also played for Everton and Newcastle as well. In all, he played 80 total Premier League matches between the three clubs.
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