Claudio Ranieri pays tribute to Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala after he went missing on a plane

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Fulham manager, Claudio Ranieri, has paid tribute to Cardiff City striker, Emiliano Sala after the Argentine international went missing on a plane over the English Channel on Monday night.

Sala was travelling from Nantes to the Welsh capital to join his team-mates following his £15million move.

Sala’s plane was lost from the radar as it crossed the English Channel and the 28-year-old is now feared dead.

Ranieri and Sala worked together during their time at French club, Nantes.

The former Leicester City boss managed Sala during his spell as manager of the Ligue 1 side in the 2017-18 season, and Sala finished as his top scorer with 12 goals.

Ranieri was quoted by Daily Mail as saying on Wednesday:

“Like everyone else, I was devastated to hear the news this morning that Emiliano was on board the aircraft.

“Emiliano is a wonderful character. Knowing him as a person, he’s a fighter.

“He’s a fantastic footballer who always gave his best when we worked together in France.

“The world of football will be united in wishing and hoping for some positive news. “In the meantime, I – along with the Nantes and Fulham families – pray for Emiliano and his family.”

Meanwhile, the search for Sala resumed on Wednesday morning after it was postponed overnight.

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