Body found in plane wreckage identified as Emiliano Sala

Argentine striker Emiliano Sala had just completed a dream move to EPL side Cardiff City from FC Nantes

DAILY POST had reported that a body recovered from the wreckage of a plane in the English Channel, was identified as that of Sala, according to a statement from the Dorset police on Thursday.

The 28-year-old striker and pilot David Ibbotson, 59, were aboard the single-engine aircraft when it vanished January 21 on route to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, from the French city of Nantes.

There is no update about the location of pilot David Ibbotson, however the Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) said two days ago that it was suspending its search for the missing man due to bad conditions.

"He and David will forever remain in our thoughts", they said.

Police also said they will continue to investigate the "circumstances of this death".

After being spotted by scouts, Sala spent three years with Bordeaux from 2012-2015, where he was loaned out to smaller French clubs three separate times, and signed for FC Nantes in July of 2015 for a fee of around $1.1 million.

Wreckage from the plane was located Sunday after Sala's family raised funds for a private search by American-born shipwreck-hunting specialist David Mearns that was conducted in conjunction with British air accident investigators.

A younger sister to former Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala has posted a touching photo of her late brother on social media after he was confirmed dead.

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"We have offered to them to arrange to take Emiliano back to rest with his family in Argentina".

It was a story typical of the January transfer window - a buying club tenaciously chasing mid-season reinforcements but facing stubbornness from a selling club determined not to be left in the lurch by the loss of one of their key players.

Cardiff City Football Club released a statement of its own.

Among those who paid tribute to Sala were past and present Argentinian stars including Diego Maradona and Sergio Agüero and the former England captain Wayne Rooney. Sala and Ibbotson were the only ones onboard.

The Welsh club have asked the Premier League to again wear commemorative shirts at Southampton on Saturday.

The whereabouts of Mr Ibbotson remain unclear at this time.

However, the AAIB said video footage captured by the ROV would provide "valuable evidence" for its safety investigation.

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