Christian Atsu, who went missing after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey and northern Syria on February 6, has been confirmed dead.
The earthquake disaster has resulted in the death of over 42,000 people, thousands more injured and millions left homeless.
Last week, hopes that the former Chelsea, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Everton winger had been snapped up by Christian Atsu’s club Hadaispor and agent Nana Secher proved false.
Another of Atsu’s agents, Murad Usunmehmet, confirmed that Christian Atsu was found dead under the rubble 12 days after the earthquake. Usunmehmet told the media that Atsu’s lifeless body was found with his phone, and search and rescue operations are ongoing to retrieve more items from the rubble.
After breaking away with Portuguese giants Porto, Atsu, aged 31, had an amazing football career. His successful spells in Portugal, including a loan spell at Rio away, caught the attention of Chelsea, who signed him.
Although he spent five years at Stamford Bridge, he failed to make an appearance for the first team. Instead, he had temporary spells with Vitesse Arnhem, Everton, Bournemouth, Malaga and Newcastle before signing with the latter club in 2016.
Under Rafa Benitez, Atsu helped Newcastle gain promotion to the Premier League in the 2016–17 season and made a total of 121 appearances for the club during his five years there.