Sala’s transfer fee saga will be dealt with ‘in the right way—-Warnock
Neil Warnock is convinced of an amicable resolution to the Emiliano Sala transfer saga after admitting mistakes were made in the dispute between Cardiff and Nantes.
Warnock was speaking after reports emerged that Sala had signed a potentially invalid Cardiff contract in the days before he died in a plane crash in the English Channel on January 21.
Sala was Cardiff’s record signing at £15million and the Premier League club and Nantes have been in dispute since the 28-year-old’s death.
Nantes’ lawyers wrote to Cardiff on February 5 asking for the first of three annual payments for the player, as was agreed last month, to be paid within 10 working days.
Cardiff have made it clear they want to wait until the investigation into the crash is complete and, with talks continuing behind the scenes, the two clubs agreed on Wednesday to extend the deadline on the first instalment of 6m euros (£5.27m) by one week to February 27.
“I’ve got every confidence in Mehmet Dalman (Cardiff chairman) that it will come to a conclusion in the near future,” Warnock said ahead of the league visit of Watford on Friday.
“They’ve asked for an extension and Nantes have agreed to that. Certain things were done in reflection that shouldn’t have been done, that stirred everybody up.
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“I’ve known Mehmet since I’ve been here and I’m sure the club will deal with it in the right way in the next few days.”
Warnock also denied there was a conflict of interest in his relationship with his son James, who works as an agent for Unique Sports Management.