Ex-Chelsea star Atsu ‘trapped under rubble after Turkey earthquake’

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Former Chelsea and Newcastle winger Christian Atsu is reportedly trapped under rubble after the tragic earthquake in Turkey.

Star claims a search-and-rescue operation is underway to find the Ghana star after he was caught up in the 7.8 magnitude quake on Monday.

Atsu, 31, joined Super Lig club Hatayspor from Saudi side Al-Raed last summer.

And several members of his new team had to be rescued by specialists after the earthquake struck.

But it’s claimed that Atsu and Hatayspor’s sporting director Taner Savut remain missing under rubble.

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

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

And efforts remain ongoing to find Atsu and Savut as quickly as possible.

Over 1,000 people are believed to have died in the earthquake that struck Turkey around 4am on Monday morning.

And experts say the toll could rise to 10,000 after a second 7.5 magnitude quake hit later on.、