Cardiff 'very concerned' after Emiliano Sala confirmed on board missing plane

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Cardiff’s record signing Emiliano Sala was on board a plane that went missing over the English Channel on Monday night, French media have reported.

The 28-year-old Argentinian striker completed a move to the Premier League club over the weekend but had returned to France, where he had been playing for Ligue 1 side Nantes.

French media, quoting police sources, said Sala was on the light aircraft that disappeared from radar on Monday night while apparently flying from Nantes to Cardiff.

Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman told the Mirror: “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.”

Sala had signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Welsh club after scoring 12 Ligue 1 goals in 19 appearances this season.

Guernsey Police posted on Twitter on Tuesday morning that the search had resumed at 8am but that there was still no trace of the plane.

It read: “Searching for the light aircraft PA 46 Malibu resumed at 8am this morning. No trace has currently been found.

“It was en route from Nantes, France to Cardiff, Wales with 2 people. More info when available.”

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Jose Mourinho believes Unai Emery must find balance with Mesut Ozil

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Jose Mourinho has urged Arsenal boss Unai Emery to find a balance with respect to the Mesut Ozil situation.

The German’s last start came against Brighton on December 26 after struggling with a back injury before he was overlooked by Emery in the starting XI.

Mourinho, who worked with Ozil during their time at Madrid, has offered Emery some advice to get the best out of the German.

“He played incredibly with me and perhaps with Unai, he isn’t doing that,” he told beIN Sports.

“But maybe another player will have played great with Emery and with me he will not be so good.

“Ozil is the kind of a player who needs a balance and you can just be very hard with him.

“You have to give him affection but it isn’t only about showing him love as you must also be demanding with him so there must be a balance.”

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Liverpool squad arrive in Dubai for warm weather training

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken his “warriors” to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp where he will hope to find a solution to his current selection dilemma.

James Milner’s red card in Saturday’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace leaves the Premier League leaders’ boss with a headache at right-back for next week’s visit of Leicester.

Joe Gomez, sidelined with a broken bone in his foot since December 5, will step up his recovery in the Middle East – as will midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (out since April with serious knee ligament damage) – and could have an outside chance of making the game. However, Trent Alexander-Arnold (knee) is still a couple of weeks away from fitness.

Fabinho would have been an option in a position he plays for Brazil but he came off injured late on against Palace – and even if fit he may be needed in midfield with Georginio Wijnaldum out with a hamstring problem.

Klopp gave 18-year-old Rafael Camacho his Premier League debut for the final few minutes at the weekend, making a crucial block on Wiilfried Zaha, and he may have to be the one-off answer against Leicester if all back-up plans fail.

Klopp, who has no intention of seeking a solution from the transfer market, told liverpoolfc.com: “Now we need the time to recover obviously, because we had a few injuries.

“Hopefully we can bring a few back. ‘Millie’ will be out for sure, unfortunately, but we will see – as long as we have enough players we will find a solution.

“We had to come through the centre-half situation (playing Fabinho alongside Virgil Van Dijk when Gomez, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren were all injured) and that somehow worked out; then the full-back situation worked out somehow so far.

“(But) in midfield ‘Gini’ is not in so you cannot make the changes you want.

“These boys are are real fighters. It’s a bunch of proper warriors – I love that. They all stick their leg in or whatever.

“It would have been a massive challenge if we had to play Wednesday and then Saturday. I have no idea how we would have done that, to be honest.

“Now we have two days’ recovery for the boys with the most minutes then we start preparing them for the Leicester game, which is another tough task.

“It will not be a real break, we have to use it for training.”

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