Hopes are fading that Cardiff City’s new signing Emiliano Sala will be found alive after the plane carrying him to Wales went missing over the English Channel.
The aircraft, carrying Sala and the pilot, disappeared off Alderney in the Channel Islands.
Sala reportedly sent a voicemail message to his father saying he was frightened the plane was about to break up.
He was flying to Wales from the French city of Nantes after signing for Cardiff for a club record fee of £13m.
In a transcript of the call, quoted by the Mirror, he said: “I’m here on a plane that looks like it’s about to fall apart, and I’m going to Cardiff … If in an hour and a half you have no news from me, I don’t know if they are going to send someone to look for me because they cannot find me, but you know … Dad, how scared am I!”
The chances of finding Sala alive were “slim” if the plane landed on water, Guernsey police had said in a statement earlier on Tuesday afternoon.
Cardiff City CEO Ken Choo spoke to the press after confirmation that Sala was on board the plane.