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Dalman - Cardiff will honour Sala agreement

7th February 2019, 08:35 by Tom McGarry

Chairman Mehmet Dalman has confirmed Cardiff will honour their payment to Nantes for Emiliano Sala but only when the time is right.

Reports emerged on Wednesday that Nantes were demanding the first instalment of the £15million fee that Cardiff had agreed to pay for Sala last month.

The Argentine forward, who became Cardiff's record signing following the transfer, went missing alongside pilot David Ibbotson when their plane disappeared over the English Channel on January 21.

Guernsey Police undertook a search for the aircraft immediately after its disappearance and, once that exploration was stopped, a privately-funded search for the plane began and that has led to the discovery of both the aircraft and a body.

Attempts are now being made to recover the body, although the identity of the individual is not yet known.

Dalman has now confirmed that Cardiff will allow the process to be completed before they deal with paying Nantes and he insists they have never suggested that they weren't going to honour the agreement.

"The only thing I can say, because it is a sensitive subject, is that I confirm that what you are saying [that Cardiff haven't paid the first instalment] is true," Dalman told L'Equipe. "And to be honest, I do not want to say anything more at this time."

When asked why they are yet to pay, Dalman added: "The first reason is that the body has not been recovered yet.

"We must show respect to the family. There is a process for recovering the plane. It's too early for us to comment. [We will pay] when we think it's the right time to do it.

"I don't think Cardiff said we were not going to pay."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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