Cardiff football club president Mehmet Dalman said on Tuesday he was “very worried” about the fate of Italian-Argentinean attacker Emiliano Sala, whose plane he was missing in night from Monday to Tuesday between Nantes and Cardiff.
“We are very worried about Emiliano Sala,” said the president of the Premier League club, in a statement to the press.
“We are waiting for confirmation before we can say anything else,” he added.
In the afternoon, Cardiff general manager Ken Choo explained that “Emiliano was due to arrive last night (Monday) in Cardiff and today (Tuesday) was to be his first day with the team”, in a release posted on the club’s website.
“Our owner, Tan Sri Vincent Tan, and our president, Mehmet Dalman, are upset by the situation,” he added, noting that the decision had been made to cancel the day’s training, “the thoughts of the team, the management and the whole club being turned to Emiliano and the pilot “of the plane.
“We continue to pray for positive news,” he said.
The plane of Sala, just transferred from Nantes to Cardiff, disappeared in the night of Monday to Tuesday during a trip between these two cities, over the Channel, near Guernsey.
French police sources, then the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) around noon, confirmed that the attacker was on board the aircraft.
The 28-year-old forward, who scored 12 goals in the first half of the season in Ligue 1, had just been transferred from FC Nantes to Cardiff for a record sum for the Welsh club, estimated by the press at 17 million euros. euros.