- Emiliano Sala's number 9 jersey to be retired by his former club FC Nantes
- The Argentine star was confirmed dead today after his body was pulled from the wreckage of the plane
- Sala recently signed a £15m deal to join Cardiff City in the club's record fee in January 2018
French League side FC Nantes have concluded plans to retire the number nine jersey in honour of their former star Emiliano Sala.
The Argentine international was confirmed dead on Thursday after his body was pulled from the wreckage of the plane which crashed into the English Channel on January 21.
Sala was on his way to join his new Premier League club after sealing a £15 million move to join Cardiff City earlier this year.
However, the striker could not reach his destination as his plane piloted by David Ibbotson crashed into the sea.
The club on their official website are shocked by the news of the star's death, admitting that Sala has joined the legends that have written the great story of FC Nantes.
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Sala joined the French club in July 2015 and in no time won the hearts of Nantes supporters through his works. The Argentine has been the club's top scorer for the last three seasons.
The club said in their official statement that: "We do not forget in this drama the pilot and his family and trust the authorities to continue the research."
For Waldemar Kita, President of FC Nantes: "I do not have the words, it's a tragedy, I'm devastated, Emiliano left his mark, which is why, like many fans, I want to honor him again by removing the number 9 ".
The club further states that: "FC Nantes, its leaders, staff, players and staff present the families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson and their families their deepest condolences. We will never forget you Emi".
Legit.ng earlier reported that Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has reacted to the death of Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala.
The 28-year-old was confirmed dead earlier this week about two weeks after his plane crashed into the sea while travelling to join his new Premier League teammates.
Sala joined the Welsh side from French League outfit Nantes in the club's record fee of about £15 million in January.
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