Turkish Super Lig side Hatayspor and former Black Stars winger, Christian Atsu has been pulled from the wreckage after an earthquake hit the Western Asian country, according to reports in Turkey.
The 31-year-old, and the club’s sporting director, Taner Savut, were trapped under debris for more than 24 hours, since Monday morning’s earthquake, which has so far claimed the lives of more than 4,300 people while 15,000 others sustained injuries.
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.
He left the Magpies having played over 100 games in 2021 to join Saudi side Al-Raed but departed the Middle East for Turkey in the summer. He scored his first goal for the club this weekend, just hours before the earthquake struck.More than 1,300 people have lost their lives in the disaster, with a further 6,000 injured, according to officials.
A massive aftershock with a magnitude of 7.5 hit Turkey’s south hours after the original quake. Reports say it was felt once again in Syria and also Iraqi Kurdistan.