A heartbreaking audio WhatsApp message sent from Emiliano Sala to a close friend saying that he didn’t want to join Cardiff City has been released.
It was sent on January 6, two weeks before the Argentine’s private plane went missing over the English channel, and gives an insight into Sala’s feelings about the move.
Sala ended up agreeing to join the Bluebirds for £15m, but he died while travelling from France to south Wales. His body was recovered from the plane wreckage on the seabed days later.
It’s been four months since the tragic crash and on Wednesday night the WhatsApp message was released on French documentary L’Equipe Enquete.
Sala told his confidante that the move to Cardiff made sense financially, but from a football perspective it didn’t interest him.
“Last night I sent a message to Meïssa [N’diaye, Sala’s agent], he called me a few hours later. So we had discussions and he told me that last night Franck Kita (son of Nantes owner Waldemar) sent him a message to talk, so he called him.
“They spoke and they want to sell me. So, there is the offer from Cardiff [City] today. On their side they have negotiated to get a lot of money, so they absolutely want me to go there.
“It is true that it is a good contract, but from a football perspective it is not interesting for me. So there you go, they are trying in every way to get me to go there.
“Me, I am not scared to go there, because I have battled throughout my career, so to go there and fight that does not make me scared. On the contrary.
“But also, I say to myself that Meïssa must find me something better between now and the end of the window. Meïssa has said no to Cardiff because he does not want me to go there.
“He thinks that in terms of football, in terms of where we are today, we are in a position of strength in every which way, in terms of on the pitch, the contract, all of that. But I don’t care about that and I do not want that. I don’t give a f*** about being in a position of strength.
“It is true that I would like to find something interesting in terms of contractually and also from a football perspective, but sometimes you can’t have both. On the other hand, I do not want to speak with Kita, because I do not want to get angry.
“He is someone who disgusts me when I am face to face with him. Him today, he wants to sell me to Cardiff because he has done a super negotiation, he will get the money he wants, eh?
“He wants me to go there, he hasn’t even asked what I want. All he cares about is money. So today we are like that. A complete mess. So there you go, I don’t know.
“I don’t know what to do because as I said to you it is I who has to get up every day and see the face of this person… But nobody is looking at me… myself… me internally, what I am having to go through.
“So it is very hard, it is very hard, because I feel like there are not many people who would put themselves in my place.”