The soccer world is in mourning after the physique of former Newcastle United participant Christian Atsu was found below the rubble of the constructing the place he lived in Turkey.
Reports of his loss of life had been confirmed by Nana Sechere, one in all Atsu’s representatives, on Saturday evening [AEDT].
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I’ve to announce to all well-wishers that sadly Christian Atsu’s physique was recovered this morning,” Sechere mentioned.
“My deepest condolences go to his household and family members.
“I wish to take this chance to thank everybody for his or her prayers and assist.
“I ask that while we make the mandatory preparations, that everybody would please respect the privateness of the household throughout this very tough time.”
Ghana nationwide participant and former Newcastle midfielder Christian Atsu. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP)Source: AFP
Newcastle United mentioned it was “profoundly saddened” by the information of Atsu’s loss of life, describing him as a “gifted participant and particular individual”.
“Our ideas are with Christian’s family members and with the folks of Turkey, Syria and neighbouring territories at this extremely tough time,” the membership added.
Atsu had been lacking since earthquakes first hit Turkey and Syria in early February, though there was confusion after false studies he had been found within the rubble.
Earlier within the month, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) falsely reported Atsu had “been efficiently rescued from the rubble of the collapsed constructing and is receiving therapy” after the 7.8-magnitude quake struck Turkey and neighbouring Syria.
Atsu’s coach at Turkish membership Hatayspor although refuted these studies on the time, insisting the Ghana midfielder had not been discovered.
“I don’t have excellent news, nonetheless not discovered below the rubble,” Hatayspor boss Volkan Demirel advised AFP on the time.
Atsu spent 5 seasons at Newcastle, taking part in greater than 100 video games earlier than leaving for Saudi Arabia in 2021. He received the final of his 60 Ghana nationwide caps in September 2019.
Atsu, 31, spent 4 seasons at Chelsea earlier than a everlasting switch to Newcastle in 2017. He signed in September for Turkish Super Lig aspect Hatayspor, based mostly within the southern province of Hatay close to the epicentre of the quake.