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Agent confirms former Chelsea winger Christian Atsu found dead following Turkey earthquake



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The body of former Chelsea player Christian Atsu has been found under the rubble of his home following the earthquake in Turkey, his agent has confirmed.

Atsu, who joined Chelsea back in 2013, went onto play for Everton, Bournemouth and Newcastle United during his time in the Premier League, and was currently playing his football in Turkey for Hatayspor.

The 31-year-old went missing after his apartment in Antakya, Hatay collapsed following the quake.

His agent Nana Sechere has now confirmed the news on Saturday morning of his passing. He wrote on 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.

“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.”

The Ghanaian international went on to make 258 club appearances during his career, scoring 24 goals and providing 30 assists. He also made over 60 caps for his country.

Atsu’s current club Hatayspor shared their devastation, writing: “We will not forget you, Atsu. Peace be upon you, beautiful person.

“There are no words to describe our sadness. Rest in peace.”

Chelsea offered their condolences to their former player, adding: “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.”

Atsu initially joined Newcastle United on loan before making his move permanent, going on to make 127 appearances for the Magpies.

“We are profoundly saddened to learn that Christian Atsu has tragically lost his life in Turkey’s devastating earthquakes,” read a tweet from Newcastle.

“A talented player and a special person, he will always be fondly remembered by our players, staff and supporters.”