Turkey earthquake: Christian Atsu found alive – Turkish media confirm

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Former Black Stars and Hatayspor winger Christian Atsu has been rescued from the rubble following the earthquake in Turkey, Turkish media reports.

Since Monday morning’s earthquake, which has so far claimed the lives of more than 4,300 people while injuring 15,000 more, the 31-year-old and the club’s sporting director, Taner Savut, have spent more than 24 hours trapped under wreckage.

Reports say the club’s sporting director is still missing. But according to the club’s manager, Mustafa Zat, the winger has now been taken to the hospital.

“I just finished a meeting. Christian Atsu was injured and sent to the hospital.

Christian Atsu was amongst those trapped under rubble in Turkey after a huge earthquake.

A search and rescue operation is underway after Atsu, who formerly played for Chelsea and Newcastle United, was caught up in the 7.7 magnitude earthquake. The 65-cap Ghana international joined Super Lig club Hataysport last summer.

Several members of his new team had to be rescued after the earthquake and Atsu is now reported to be amongst those still missing as a search and rescue operation gets underway. The club’s sporting director, Taner Savut, is also trapped as efforts to free them continue.

Atsu joined Chelsea as a youngster in 2013 from Porto before being sent on a number of loan spells. He spent time at Everton and Bournemouth before making a permanent switch to Newcastle United in 2017 having never played a Premier League game for Chelsea.

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