Leaked WhatsApp Messages Show Cardiff Offered Emiliano Sala a Commercial Flight but He Turned It Down.. After Agent Willie McKay Claimed Club ‘Abandoned’ Striker And ‘Left Him to Arrange His Own Travel’

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  • Leaked WhatsApp messages show Cardiff offering Emiliano Sala a flight
  • Agent Willie McKay claimed the Premier League club ‘abandoned’ him
  • McKay arranged the flight that crashed in the English Channel last month

A series of leaked WhatsApp messages have shown that Emiliano Sala was not ‘abandoned’ by Cardiff, as claimed by agent Willie McKay.

McKay has claimed the Premier League club let Sala make his own travel arrangements after his £15 million transfer from Nantes.

McKay arranged the flight that crashed in the Channel last month, killing the 28-year-old.

A series of WhatsApp messages have shown that Emiliano Sala was not 'abandoned' by Cardiff 
A series of WhatsApp messages have shown that Emiliano Sala was not ‘abandoned’ by Cardiff
Agent Willie McKay has claimed Sala was left to sort out his own travel arrangements
Agent Willie McKay has claimed Sala was left to sort out his own travel arrangements

But these messages, procured by French outlet Ouest-France, show a Cardiff Player Liaison Officer offering a commercial flight to the striker.

A screenshot of a commercial line passing through Paris was sent to Sala.

Sent in a mixture of French and Spanish, the messages show Sala declining the offer as he already had a flight sorted after McKay called him.

McKay told the BBC on Thursday night: ‘He was abandoned in a hotel more or less to do his travel arrangements himself.

But a series of leaked WhatsApp messages show he was sent commercial flight details
But a series of leaked WhatsApp messages show he was sent commercial flight details
Sala was in conversation with a Player Liaison Officer at the Premier League club
Sala was in conversation with a Player Liaison Officer at the Premier League club

WHATSAPP MESSAGES

Player Liaison Officer: [thumbs up emoji]

Emiliano Sala: Thank you very much

PLO: It’s nothing friend

I write Spanish better than I speak it

ES: Haha very good

PLO: My girlfriend speaks Spanish. She is a teacher

[shares commercial flight details]

PLO: It is an option perhaps. Cardiff-Paris.

But it’s early.

ES: Friend.

It’s good.

I have a flight going tomorrow to Nantes and return Monday night to Cardiff.

Willie McKay called me.

PLO: Ok mate. Have you agreed a price with him?

ES: Yes it’s good. We will speak tomorrow before leaving for Nantes.

PLO: Ok that works.

What time do you fly?

‘Nobody in Cardiff seemed to be doing anything. It was a bit embarrassing for Cardiff.

‘They buy a player for £15m and then leave him in a hotel by himself to go on the computer and look for a flight – I think Cardiff let themselves down badly.

‘The way they’ve acted so far, they’ve been a disgrace.’

Cardiff have previously said they offered to book a commercial flight for the footballer and ‘strongly reject’ suggestions they did not do this.

The body of Sala was recovered on February 6 after the single-engine Piper PA-46 plummeted into the English Channel on January 21.

Pilot David Ibbotson is still missing more than a month after the plane he piloted crashed.

McKay confirmed he arranged the flight through David Henderson, an experienced pilot, and McKay denied suggestions he owned the plane.

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