Christian Atsu, who plays for Turkish side Hatayspor, has been missing for over a week now and his team is growing increasingly worried. Atsu last played for Hatayspor on April 11th in a 1-1 draw with Kayserispor and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. His teammates and coaches have tried reaching out to him but have had no luck. The team doctor, Dr. Serdar Özkan, spoke to the press today to give an update on the situation.
“We are very worried about Christian,” said Dr. Özkan. “He is a key player for us and we want to make sure he is okay.” Atsu has been with Hatayspor since 2020 and has made 27 appearances for the club, scoring 5 goals. He is originally from Ghana and came up through the Chelsea youth system before moving to Bournemouth in 2016.
Christian Atsu’s disappearance is especially concerning because of the recent kidnapping of another professional soccer player in Turkey, Cenk Tosun. Tosun, who plays for Crystal Palace in the English Premier League, was abducted by gunmen while visiting his family in Istanbul last month. He was released after a ransom was paid but the ordeal left many players and officials feeling unsafe in Turkey.
The Turkish Football Federation has reached out to both Atsu’s club and the Ghanaian Football Association for help in finding the missing player. They are also working with law enforcement to try to locate him. So far, there have been no leads and no demands have been made public.
As of right now, Christian Atsu’s whereabouts are still unknown. His teammates, coaches, and friends are all extremely worried about him and hope that he is safe. The Turkish Football Federation is working with law enforcement and both the Ghanaian and Chelsea Football Associations to try to find him but so far there have been no leads. We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.