The Turkish media say that Christian Atsu, a winger who used to play for Newcastle, Chelsea, and Everton, is missing.
Christian Atsu, who used to play football for Newcastle United, was saved from a building that was destroyed by an earthquake in Turkey.
After a big earthquake in Turkey and Syria, the winger for Hatayspor was buried under the rubble of a building in Hatay. This made football fans all over the world worry about him.
The Ghanaian star is getting care at a hospital in Turkey right now.
At 4 a.m. on Monday, February 6, the quake hit hard in Kahramanmaras, Turkey. This is where Hatayspor is based. More than 4,800 people are said to have died because of the earthquake, which also caused damage in Turkey and North Syria.
Atsu played for Newcastle United from 2016 to 2021. Before that, he spent time at both Chelsea and Everton.
But what have Turkish media said about Christian Atsu’s condition, and how has the footballing world reacted to the earthquake in Turkey?
You can find everything you need to know here.
Is Christian Atsu still alive?
The Turkish media said that Christian Atsu was missing on Monday, February 6, after an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 hit Turkey.
At the time, Atsu’s teammate and close friend on Hatayspor, Kerim Alici, and the sports director, Taner Savut, were also reported missing.
Since then, both Alici and Atsu have been found, but both of them are hurt.
Atsu is being cared for in a Turkish hospital, but the search for Savut is still going on.
During an interview with Turkish media, Hatayspor vice president Mustafa Ozat said that the two people had been found. He said, “Christian Atsu had to be taken out because he was hurt. Taner Savut, our sports director, is still trapped under the rubble.
Other team members, like Burak Oksuz and Bertag Yildirim, as well as two technical team members, Ekrem Eksiogy and Osman Ates, were also saved from the rubble.
How did Newcastle United react to the news?
As Christian Atsu’s problems got worse, his old team, Newcastle United, tweeted, “Praying for some good news about @ChristianAtsu20,” with a picture of their former winger.
Atsu was a key member of Rafael Benitez’s Championship-winning Newcastle team in 2016/17. During his five years on Tyneside, he was on the show 121 times.
On social media, there was also a video of Atsu scoring the winning goal with a late free kick the night before the earthquake.
Atsu has played for Ghana a total of 65 times in his career. In 2015, he was on the team that made it to the final of the African Cup of Nations and was also named to the team of the tournament.
Soon after Atsu was found and helped, the Ghana Football Association tweeted, “Update: We’ve heard good news that Christian Atsu has been rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building and is getting medical care. We should keep praying for Christian.”