Ex-Man Utd ace Fabio da Silva reveals he was one of last people to text tragic Emiliano Sala before plane crash

FABIO DA SILVA has revealed he spoke to Emiliano Sala on the afternoon before his tragic death.

The striker was killed in a plane crash in January 2019 as he travelled to new club Cardiff after completing a £15million move, aged 28.

Former Manchester United star Fabio has told of his last exchange with the Argentine ace – who he played with at Nantes.

As reported by WalesOnline, he said: "In the afternoon he was going to take the plane, he asked me so many things about Cardiff, because he knew I had played there.

"I told him that anything he needed or wanted from me, he could text me. And then, in the morning, when I heard the news, it was shocking.

"Before he signed he asked me and I told him how the fans were, how everyone is in the stadium, how the club works.

"He was such a professional and to be honest, I was happy for him, because I knew Cardiff fans would have loved him. He was a fantastic character."

Fabio revealed the death of his friend hit him 'hard' in the first two months.

He continued: "I'll be honest, the first two months were hard.

"You play games together and train every day, every week.

"So, you can imagine it being any one of us there. Life is so short, man, you need to give every moment in your life everything.

"Even now I think about it. Before, I smiled and I laughed, everyone knows me for that, but now even more, after everything that has happened. Because life is short.

"I'm sure it was one of the best moments in his life, he had signed for Cardiff for £15m.

"He was having the best month of his career and in one minute, everything is gone. His life is over."

Sala’s mother admitted she felt “dead while living” a year to the day of her son’s death.

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