By Emmanuel Adeleke
Ghanaian footballer, Christian Atsu, has been found dead under the rubble of his home almost two weeks after the Turkey earthquake.
The Ghana international played for Premier League sides like Everton, Bournemouth, Chelsea and Newcastle before moving to Saudi Arabia.
Atsu, who had been playing for Turkish Super Lig side, Hatayspor, was missing since earthquakes hit Turkey and Syria on February 6.
He had been misidentified and falsely reported as hospitalised last week.
A statement from the representative of Atsu, Nana Sechere, said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to announce to all well-wishers that sadly Christian Atsu’s body was recovered this morning.
“My deepest condolences go to his family and loved ones.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their prayers and support.
“I ask that whilst we make the necessary arrangements, that everyone would please respect the privacy of the family during this very difficult time.”