Emiliano Sala was looking for flights himself when offered seat on private plane

Emiliano Sala was in the process of checking flight arrangements when he was offered the private plane which disappeared over the Channel taking him back to Cardiff .

Sky News have released a transcript of messages between Sala and Jack McKay, son of agent Willie McKay, arranging the Piper Malibu flight which is presumed to have crashed on Monday evening.

McKay was involved in the move to take Sala to Cardiff City for a club record fee where he was due to become a team-mate of Jack.

New messages reveal the Argentinian striker was in the process of sorting his own arrangements when he received the offer of a private flight straight from Nantes to Cardiff ahead of his first training session with the Bluebirds.

Sala is feared dead after the search was called off

McKay released the messages in a statement in which he confirmed he arranged the flight but did not select the aircraft or the pilot.

McKay said: "In regards to the booking of the flight, we contacted David Henderson who has flown us and many of our players all over Europe on countless occasions.

"We had no involvement in selecting a plane or a pilot and wish to make clear we do not own the plane that Emiliano flew on. As the text messages show: Emiliano was not asked for payment for the flight.

"My sons, Mark, Jack and I and the rest of the McKay family would like to offer our sincere support for the Sala family and support their calls for the search to continue."

The transcript of the messages between Jack McKay and Sala prior to the plane’s disappearance is below:

Jack McKay would have been one of Sala’s new Cardiff team-mates

FRIDAY JANUARY 18

7:43pm – Jack McKay: "My dad has told me that you are going home tomorrow. He could organise a plane to take you direct to Nantes and to come back on Monday, at a time that suits you, so you can get to training on Tuesday."

7:51pm – Emiliano Sala: "Ah that is great. I was just in the middle of checking if there are some flights to get to Nantes tomorrow."

7:56pm – McKay: "He said he could organise a plane that would go direct to Nantes."

7:56pm – Sala: "How much will it cost?"

7:56pm – McKay: "Nothing. He said if you help me to score goals it’s nothing."

7:59pm – Sala: "Hahaha with pleasure."

8:00pm: "We are going to score lots of goals."

8:01pm: "I want to leave tomorrow for Nantes at around 11am and come back on Monday night around 9pm to Cardiff if that is possible."

8:05pm – McKay: "Good. I’ll send a message when that’s sorted."

Sala had been looking at flights before McKay’s offer

SUNDAY JANUARY 20

5:00pm – Jack McKay: "Hi there is it possible you could come back at seven in the evening on Monday night? Just because the pilot has to get home in the north after he gets to Cardiff."

5:01pm – Emiliano Sala: "Hi, Half past seven would be possible."

5:03pm – McKay: "Yes that’s good."

5:05pm – Sala: [PICTURE OF LUGGAGE]: "Can you ask if I can bring this on the plane?"

5:06pm – McKay: "Good yeah."

5:07pm – Sala: "But is that going to be ok for the plane?"

McKay: "Yes there is space on the plane for your luggage."

5:12pm – Sala: "Ok."

Tributes continue to be laid outside Cardiff’s stadium

MONDAY JANUARY 21

4:16pm – Jack McKay: "I’m going to call in a moment."

[Emiliano Sala voice message]

4.23pm – McKay: " He said that it is the same company."

4.27pm – Sala: "Ok thanks."

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