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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

'Genuine concerns' for new Cardiff City signing Emiliano Sala as plane goes missing over English Channel (DETAILS)

A search is underway for a missing plane which was heading to Cardiff from Nantes - sparking 'genuine concerns' over a new Cardiff City signing.

Emiliano Sala was set to join Cardiff in a record deal from Nantes and a major search involving a coastguard rescue helicopter and crews from Alderney and Guernsey RNLI is now underway.


The Mirror report the private plane was flying from Nantes, France, to Cardiff, and there are fears the player is on board.

Emiliano Sala

The plane reportedly disappeared from the radar near the Casquets lighthouse at about 8.30pm on Monday (January 21).

Reports in France suggest there is now "genuine concern" at Cardiff surrounding Sala's current status.

According to journalists in France, Sala was seen going through border control in Nantes amid unconfirmed suggestions that he did embark the missing chartered jet.

The Premier League club only unveiled the Argentine striker as their record transfer signing last Saturday.

It is understood the player returned to France after completing his move and was due to report for training in Cardiff on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old joined Neil Warnock’s side from French outfit Nantes for £15million.

Sala turned down a late mega-money offer to play in Chinese before putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year deal at Cardiff due to his desire to play Premier League football.

Speaking on Saturday after signing for the Bluebirds, Sala said: “I can’t wait to start training, meet my new team-mates and get down to work.”

Before switching to Cardiff, Sala was the third highest scorer in Ligue 1 this season with 12 goals, behind only Kylian Mbappe and Nicolas Pepe.

Cardiff brought him in to boost their chances of staying in the Premier League beyond this season.

He added: "For me it feels special [to be the Club’s record signing]. I have come here wanting to work and to help my teammates and the Club. I can’t wait to get to work straight away and do everything I can."

The plane has been missing since 8.30pm on Monday, January 21, according to Guernsey Police.

A coastguard rescue helicopter and crews from Alderney and Guernsey RNLI joined the search in the area around the lighthouse.

HM Coastguard said the disappearance was not in the UK search and rescue area, but it had also sent two helicopters to help.

A spokeswoman said is is assisting Guernsey Coastguard with a search for a light aircraft off Alderney: "HM Coastguard helicopters from Solent and Newquay have been helping to search overnight with nothing found."

The Met Office said at the time the aircraft went missing "there were some showers around, but nothing too intense".

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