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Cardiff City’s new £15million striker Emiliano Sala is feared dead



Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala was on board a private jet which has gone missing over the English Channel.

Cardiff City Football Club this morning reported ‘genuine concerns’ for the Argentine striker, who left Nantes in France heading to Cardiff in Wales yesterday evening.

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Reports suggest Sala returned to France after completing his move and was due to report for training in Cardiff today.

French police and Nantes Football Club today confirmed that Sala was one of the two people on board the Piper Malibu which lost contact near the Casquets lighthouse.

Cardiff City announced the signing of the Argentinian striker from Nantes in a club record fee of £15million on Saturday.

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Emilliano Sala posted this photo on instagram on saturday after signing a record 15million record with the club

  An air and sea search has been launched in the Channel Islands for the light aircraft which lost contact at 8.30pm yesterday evening.

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.

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Cardiff city announced the signing of the Argentinian striker from Nantes in a club record fee of 15million on Saturday

He said at the time: ‘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.’

Cardiff City said it was ‘seeking clarification’ as to what happened.

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A piper malibu light aircraft.A plane of this model is believed to have lost contacts at8:00pm.

Cardiff Airport confirmed the aircraft was due to arrive from Nantes but a spokeswoman said there were no further details.

Rescue teams were scrambled to waters north of Alderney after the light aircraft vanished on Monday evening, Guernsey Police said.

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The plane lost contact near the casquets light house off the coast of Alderney
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Emiliano Sala signed for Cardiff city last week

‘A search and rescue operation is currently underway off the north of Alderney after a light aircraft disappeared from radar several hours ago,’ the force said.

‘Two helicopters alongside the Guernsey and Alderney lifeboats are searching for it.’

The Alderney lifeboat said it launched at 8.50pm on Monday night.

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

A spokesman for Jersey Coastguard told MailOnline the team from Guernsey was conducting the S&R mission, with assistance from the team in Jersey.


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