Ghana forward Christian Atsu’s whereabouts remain unknown following the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
In an interview with the BBC, Atsu’s partner, Marie-Claire Rupio’s said “I still pray and believe he’s alive”.
Atsu, 31, played 107 games for Newcastle and had spells with Chelsea, Everton and Bournemouth.
He has won 65 caps for Ghana and joined Hatayspor in September after a season with Saudi Arabian team Al-Raed.
However, the current situation has left many worried including his wife, who remains anxious as the search for her husband continues. “All I know currently is, his agent is in Turkey and he is trying to get to the place where it happened,” she told the BBC.
“They know where the building is and they are trying their best to rescue everybody. They know there are people trapped under the rubble but they don’t have the equipment necessary to get them out. So he is still missing and we don’t know where he is.
“It’s quite shocking if the club is saying he has been found and taking to the hospital alive and eleven hours later my children had to hear it on the radio saying that they still don’t know where he is. “His agent is there and I know he will be able to bring us the news we want.
“He spoke to the children last time on Saturday morning and that was the last time I heard from him.”