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Christian Atsu found alive after being trapped in Turkey earthquake

Christian Atsu
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The former Chelsea, Everton, and Newcastle winger was missing after earthquakes hit Turkey and Syria on Monday.

Hatayspor vice-president Mustafa Özat has announced Christian Atsu has been found alive.

Over 5,000 people lost their lives after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit south-eastern Turkey and northern Syria in the early hours of Monday morning, followed by a second of 7.5.

Rescue workers have now pulled Atsu from the rubble of a building. The Ghanaian has injuries, but he is alive. Hatayspor’s sporting director, Taner Savut, is still in the collapsed building at the time of writing.

“Christian Atsu was removed from the wreckage with injuries,” Özat told Radyo Gol on Tuesday morning.

“Unfortunately, our sporting director Taner Savut is still under the rubble. Hatay was deeply affected. We are coming towards the end of the most dangerous hours.”

The Ghanaian Football Association tweeted: “We’ve received some positive news that Christian Atsu has been successfully rescued from the rubble of the collapsed building and is receiving treatment. Let’s continue to pray for Christian.”

Atsu joined Hatayspor in September 2022 on a free transfer from Saudi Arabian team Al-Raed. The winger has played four times for the Turkish club this season, scoring one goal.

The former Ghana international scored the match-winner in Hatayspor’s 1-0 victory over Kasimpasa on Sunday.

He has also played for Premier League clubs Newcastle United, Chelsea, Bournemouth, and Everton.

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