Cardiff will pay £15m Emiliano Sala fee to Nantes if 'contractually obliged'

Cardiff will pay £15m Emiliano Sala fee to Nantes if 'contractually obliged'

Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman says the club are as yet gathering information over the £15million charge because of Nantes for the transfer of Emiliano Sala yet will pay up if 'contractually obliged'.

Sala had marked for the Bluebirds in a club-record move from Nantes last month, however, was killed when the private plane carrying him crash-landed in the English Channel. He was 28.

His body was recouped from the wreckage last Thursday. Pilot David Ibbotson remains missing, with assets being raised to continue the search, to which Cardiff proprietor Vincent Tan has made a personal donation of some £50,000.

Nantes, meanwhile, has already asked for the principal installment of payment for Sala's transfer charge.

Dalman, however, maintains the Welsh club must do their own due tirelessness before deciding how to continue.

'Obviously, in the event that we are contractually obliged to pay them, at that point obviously we will. We are an honorable club.

'In any case, in the event that we are not - and there are a few anomalies in that - at that point without a doubt you would expect me as the chairman and guardian of this present club's interests to investigate that and hold our position. That is what we are doing,' the Cardiff chairman said to BBC Sports Wales.

'We are still during the time spent gathering information and that procedure will be ongoing. And when we reach a dimension where we have enough information, I am certain we will take a seat with Nantes and push ahead.'

Dalman continued: 'They (Nantes) have asked for what they believe is the money due to them and there is a process and they have initiated that process.

'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.'

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock found himself in the spotlight for his connections with agent Willie McKay, who had helped make arrangements for the flight which Sala took from Nantes.

Dalman accepted there were 'knives out against Neil', which the Cardiff chairman dismissed as 'just nonsense' and threw his support behind the manager.

'It is important that he understands we are there for him,' said Dalman, who also rejected suggestions Warnock's position was under scrutiny.

'He was there for us in a difficult period and got us promoted. He has brought some great players into the club and I want him to know we are a family.

'The fans, the board, the chairman, the CEO and the owner are fully behind him as he strives to achieve the status of staying in the Premier League.'

Caen, meanwhile, have dedicated Wednesday night's game against Nantes at the Stade Michel d'Ornano to Sala.

The Argentine forward spent the second half of the 2014-15 season on loan at Caen, scoring five times in 13 games to help keep them in Ligue 1 and earn his move to Nantes from Bordeaux.

Cardiff will pay £15m Emiliano Sala fee to Nantes if 'contractually obliged' Cardiff will pay £15m Emiliano Sala fee to Nantes if 'contractually obliged' Reviewed by Edozie Richard on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Rating: 5

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