Former Chelsea and Newcastle United forward Christian Atsu is reportedly found dead after he went missing for days after the earthquakes in Turkey.
Atsu who played for Hatayspor before his tragic death was one of the star players from the Chelsea academy before heading to Turkey. The 31-year-old was residing in an apartment in the Hatay city which suffered huge damages during the quake.
Earlier developments in case
His club Hatayspor initially reported he was rescued “with injuries” but a day later that position changed. Nana Sechere, who is in Hatay, said they located Atsu’s “exact room location” and found pairs of his shoes.
The agent also said that thermal imaging cameras had shown signs of “up to five lives” beneath the rubble, but that it had not been possible to confirm those signs.
He added that “things are moving incredibly slow” and they “urgently need more resources, including a translator”, adding that as a result “any rescues are being delayed, and lives are being lost.”
And said it was “unfortunate” that Atsu’s Turkish club was “not on the ground with us, side by side, in the search for Christian”.
“Their position and influence, accompanied with their local knowledge, would be extremely helpful,” he added.
Last week Atsu’s partner Claire Rupio called for equipment to be sent to the collapsed building where he was living.