Nantes resign No 9 Sala shirt to pay tribute to ‘legend’ Emiliano Sala

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Emiliano Sala’s former club Nantes are to retire their No 9 shirt in honour of the footballer who died in a plane crash in the English Channel.

The French club made the announcement in an emotional tribute to the striker after a body recovered from the wreckage of the plane was confirmed to be the missing footballer.

Manager Vahid Halihodzic was in tears as he told reporters he had a “special relationship” with the striker.

“He loved the club. He loved football. We will remember him forever,” he said.

“I have a lot of affection for my players as a coach. Working with him was a real pleasure.