The plane lost contact off Alderney in the Channel Islands on Monday night. Emiliano Sala signed for Cardiff on Saturday in a record deal, £15 million. Sala turned down an offer to play in China to sign instead for Cardiff on a three-and-a-half year deal. When his signing to Cardiff was announced, he said: “It gives me great pleasure and I can’t wait to start training, meet my new teammates and get down to work.” With Nantes, he made more than 100 appearances in Ligue 1 before signing for Cardiff City. But now, it’salmost sure he lost his life. After searching for one day Guernsey Police said there was “no trace” of the Cardiff-bound flight and has suspended the search for the night.
„If they did land on the water, the chances of survival are at this stage, unfortunately, slim,” police said. The sea temperatures are very, very cold. On Tuesday more than 1,150sq miles had been searched by five aircraft and two lifeboats. No sign was discovered. Nantes president Waldemar Kita said: “I’m thinking of his friends, his family, I’m still in hope, he’s a fighter, it’s not over, maybe he’s somewhere, waiting for some news that we hope will be positive, we are very touched by all the support received since this morning.” Hundreds of fans have started gathering in Place Royale, Nantes and laying tulips at a fountain. Flowers have been placed in tribute to the player.