Cardiff have released a statement announcing they are “very concerned” over the safety of new £15million signing Emiliano Sala.

The Argentine striker was on board a missing private jet from Nantes to south Wales on Monday night.

The Bluebirds signed the player over the weekend in a £15million deal from Ligue 1 outfit Nantes.

Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman: “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."

Emiliano Sala signs for Cardiff

A major search operation is underway after contact was lost with a light aircraft flying to the UK.

The Piper Malibu disappeared from radar near the Casquets lighthouse on Alderney in the Channel Islands.

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