Fears grow for Christian Atsu 24 hours after ex-Chelsea star is ‘buried in rubble’ in Turkey megaquakes

7th February 2023

FEARS are growing for Chelsea and Newcastle winger Christian Atsu who is believed to be trapped under rubble after two massive earthquakes in Turkey.

Rescuers are desperately trying to find the Ghana star after he was caught up in the 7.8 magnitude quake on Monday before another 7.5 magnitude quake hit hours later.


The 31-year-old ex-Blue Atsu plays for Hatayspor, who he joined last summer.

It is understood Atsu – who has three kids with his wife Marie-Claire – was on the ninth floor of an apartment block when it collapsed.

Several members of his new team had to be rescued from their homes after the earthquake struck at 4am local time.

But Atsu and Hatayspor’s sporting director Taner Savut remain missing under rubble at their respective homes, Hatayspor vice president Mustafa Ozat confirmed.


The earthquake hit hard in Kahramanmaras, where Hatayspor are based.

Two players and members of the technical staff were “pulled out of the rubble” in several dramatic rescue operations.

And efforts remain ongoing to find ex-Everton loanee Atsu and Savut as quickly as possible.

More than 12 hours after the first quake, Ozat confirmed: “All members of the playing body and staff are accounted for, except Christian Atsu and Taner Savut, who are still under the rubber.

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