Breaking: Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu found dead in Turkey

Breaking: Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu found dead in Turkey

Ghanaian footballer, Christian Atsu has been brought out of the rubbles of his home dead following the massive earthquake that rocked Turkey two weeks ago.

Earlier reports over a week ago suggested that Atsu was found alive after he was buried in the rubbles of his home in the aftermath of the earthquake.

The story was later debunked that he was still missing and being searched for.

But his agent confirmed on Saturday that the footballer had been found, but dead.

His agent, Nana Sechere Tweeted that the footballer is dead.

He tweeted: “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.”

Atsu, 31, plays for Turkish Süper Lig club Hatayspor and the Ghana national team.

He was reported to be trapped in the rubbles of the quake with Hatayspor Sporting Director Taner Savut.

Atsu primarily played as a winger, although he had also been deployed as an attacking midfielder.

He began his career with Porto, also spending a season on loan at Rio Ave. In 2013, he was signed by Chelsea for £3.5 million, who subsequently loaned him to Vitesse Arnhem, Everton, AFC Bournemouth and Málaga.

After spending the 2016–17 season on loan at Newcastle United, he completed a permanent transfer to the club in May 2017.

A full international with over 60 caps since his debut in 2012, Atsu had represented Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

He helped the team finish as runners-up at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, in which he also won Player of the Tournament and Goal of the Tournament

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