The Welsh side’s chairman Mehmet Dalman said the club is willing to honour the agreement with Nantes over the signing of striker Emiliano Sala.

Sala had joined Cardiff for £15 million before he disappeared while aboard a plane over the English Channel on 21 January.

Following the incident, Sala’s former club Nantes had threatened the Premier League side with legal action for withholding payment for the Argentine.

The body of the Argentine was recovered from the plane wreckage last week but the pilot’s body is yet to be found. A fundraiser for the pilot’s recovery has been set up by his family in an attempt to recover the body.

The Cardiff chairman was asked to comment on the situation with Nantes, responding in a very straightforward manner outlining the club’s intended way forward.

“Of course, if we are contractually obliged to pay them then, of course, we will. We are an honourable club.

Tributes to Emiliano Sala. (Getty)

“But if we are not – and there are some anomalies in that – then surely you would expect me as the chairman and guardian of this club’s interests to look into that and hold our position. That is what we are doing.

“We are still in the process of gathering information and that process will be ongoing. And when we reach a level where we have enough information, I am sure we will sit down with Nantes and move forward.”

Dalman said that the club is still in the process of gathering information about all possible outcomes of the situation.

Emiliano Sala. (Getty Images)

“Nantes have asked for what they believe is the money due to them and there is a process and they have initiated that process,” he added.

“What we are saying is, that we are not in agreement with that process given the extraordinary events that have taken place and the tragic circumstances. We are not making any positive or negative statements.

“We are simply saying, please understand there are a lot of questions which need to be answered and that is what we are trying to do.”


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