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Former Newcastle & Chelsea star Christian Atsu trapped in rubble after earthquake in Turkey

The former Premier League star now plays his football in Turkey.

Former Premier League footballer Christian Atsu is amongst those trapped under rubble in Turkey after a huge earthquake, according to reports.

Atsu joined Chelsea in 2013 from FC Porto before being sent out 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.

The 31-year-old is now plying his trade in Turkey and scored a 90th-minute winner for Hatayspor on Sunday.

However, a search and rescue operation is underway after Atsu was caught up in a 7.7 magnitude earthquake.

Several members of his 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.

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.

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