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Ex-Premier League star Christian Atsu 'trapped in rubble' after earthquake in Turkey

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Former Premier League footballer Christian Atsu is amongst those trapped under rubble in Turkey after a massive earthquake, reports have claimed.

A major search and rescue operation is underway after Atsu, 31, 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 Hatayspor last year, the Mirror reports. Several members of his new team had to be rescued after the earthquake and Atsu is now reported to be amongst those still missing.

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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