Turkey international Ahmet Yılmaz Calik has died aged 27 in a car crash.

The Konyaspor centre-back was pronounced dead at the scene after losing control of his vehicle on a motorway around 9am on Tuesday morning.

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The tragic news emerged on Tuesday

Calik was the only person involved in the accident, which has sent shock waves through Turkish football.

The former Galatasaray defender made eight caps for his country after rising through the youth ranks.

Konyaspor tweeted: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our football player Ahmet Calik, who has won the love of our fans and our city since the first day he came to our Konyaspor.

“Condolences to all of us, especially to the family of our football player Ahmet Calik.”

Calik represented his country on numerous occasions

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Calik represented his country on numerous occasions

Meanwhile, Turkey’s youth and sports minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu said: “I have learned with deep regret that our national football player Ahmet Calik, who plays for Konyaspor, passed away in a traffic accident on the Ankara – Nigde highway.

“May God have mercy on the late Ahmet Calik, who also served in our national team.

“My condolences to his family, Konyaspor and the entire football community.”

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