There are growing concerns over safety of Cardiff’s new signing, Emiliano Sala after striker failed to report back to emergency services in Channel Islands have reported a small plane travelling from Nantes to Cardiff has gone missing.
It is feared the Argentine striker was one of two people on board the ‘Piper Malibu’ aircraft which disappeared off Alderney on Monday night.
Cardiff City signed the 28-year-old from French club Nantes on Saturday in a record £15m, said it was seeking clarification as to what happened. A search is under way.
Cardiff’s chairman, Mehmet Dalman, said: “We are very concerned by the latest news that a light aircraft lost contact over the Channel last night. We are awaiting confirmation before we can say anything further. We are very concerned for the safety of Emiliano Sala.”
A search and rescue operation took place in the area on Monday evening amid poor conditions. HM Coastguard has said that the disappearance was not in the search and rescue area but that it had sent two helicopters to assist Guernsey Coastguard. A spokeswoman said: “HM Coastguard helicopters from Solent and Newquay have been helping to search overnight with nothing found.”
Cardiff Airport confirmed the aircraft was due to arrive from Nantes but a spokeswoman said there were no further details.
HM Coastguard said the disappearance was not in the UK search and rescue area, but it had sent two helicopters to help.
It is understood that the player returned to France after completing his move, and he was due to report for training in Cardiff on Tuesday ahead of next Tuesday’s Premier League game at Arsenal.