Ex-Premier League star Asamoah Gyan denies 'spiritual sacrifice' of rapper and girlfriend

Asamoah Gyan captained his country at this year's World Cup. Credit: Gavin Barker /Sports Inc/Press Association Images

Former Premier League footballer Asamoah Gyan has denied claims of involvement in an alleged "spiritual sacrifice" of Ghanaian rapper Castro and his girlfriend.

Castro, whose real name is Theophilus Tagoe, and Janet Bandu disappeared while on a holiday paid for the Ghana captain in July.

The pair were initially presumed drowned after last being seen jet skiing.

However, after the bodies of the pair could not be found, the Ghanaian press began to report a number of allegations about Gyan.

Yesterday, the footballer - who captains the Ghanaian national team - issued a statement from his lawyer which strenously denied any involvement or wrongdoing in the disappearance.

Sunderland signed Gyan for £13 million in 2010. Credit: Tom Wilkinson/PA Archive

The statement continued to say that the Gyan family "state without the slightest doubt in our minds that we are not blamable for the disappearance of Castro and Janet Bandu", adding: "None of us have the slightest idea as to what happened to them."

Gyan's lawyer also claimed Bandu had not been wearing a life jacket when she joined the rapper on the jet ski on 4 July, claiming that Asamoah's elder brother Baffour Gyan "immediately shot up to his feet and remonstrated with Castro" in a failed attempt to ensure that she did.

Gyan, his country's all-time leading goalscorer, became Sunderland's record signing when he joined the Premier League side in 2010. He now plays in the United Arab Emirates for Al Ain.