Over the weekend, he was a happy man, and so was his friends and family.

He was happy for joining English Premier League club Cardiff City from French side Nantes on a club record fee of £15million.

And then he returned to France to bid his teammates farewell, not knowing it was going to be his last.

28-year-old Emiliano Sala was onboard the Piper Malibu plane with one other person, when it lost contact at 8.30pm near the Casquets lighthouse, off Alderney, over the Channel Islands.

The Argentine footballer was believed to be travelling back from France after completing his move to Cardiff.

This has not been confirmed by the club, but French police sources said they believe the player was on board the doomed flight.

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A Cardiff spokesman has confirmed officials are "seeking clarification" over the incident.

Snaps posted on social media suggest Sala had flown back to Nantes to say goodbye to his old teammates.

He was later driven to the airport by Nantes defender Nicolas Pallois, according to reports.

Yesterday lunchtime Sala shared a picture with other players at the Ligue 1's team training ground.

The caption read: "The last goodbye".

His Instagram is littered with pictures of him smiling with friends and teammates and posing for touching snaps with his family and mum.

In one picture of the two together, he wrote: "Thank you mum".

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