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Christian Atsu confirmed dead after Turkey earthquake

Former Chelsea and Newcastle winger Christian Atsu has been found dead under the rubble almost two weeks after the Turkey earthquake, his agent has confirmed.

The Ghana international, 31, had spells with Premier League sides Everton, Chelsea and Newcastle.

The winger had been missing since the 6 February quake that caused the collapse of his apartment in Antakya, Hatay.

His former clubs, Newcastle and Chelsea have expressed their sadness on their social pages.

Early life

Atsu was born in Ada FoahGreater Accra Region. As a youngster, he spent some of his education at the then Feyenoord Football Academy at Gomoa Fetteh, in the Central Region of Ghana, which has now been changed to West African Football Academy at Sogakope, in the Volta Region of Ghana. He later moved to join Cheetah FC, a club based in Kasoa.

International career

Atsu won his first senior cap for the Ghana national team on 1 June 2012 against Lesotho, scoring in the process. He was described by the BBC as an “excellent prospect”. ESPN added he was “quick and technically impressive”, and a potential future star for his national team, according to Wikipedia.

CHRISTIAN ATSU 

Born: January 10, 1992, Ada Foah, Ghana

Clubs

Porto: 2011-2013

Rio Ave (loan): 2011-2012

Chelsea: 2013-2017

Vitesse (loan): 2013-14

Everton (loan): 2014-15

Bournemouth (loan): 2015-16

Malaga (loan): 2016

Newcastle (loan): 2016-17

Newcastle (permanent): 2017-2021

Al-Raed: 2021-22

Hatayspor: 2022-23

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