CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 12: Sign displays 'Welcome to Cardiff City Stadium' in Welsh prior to the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town at Cardiff City Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The search for Cardiff City’s Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson will continue for the third day

The Argentinean striker was on board a Piper PA-46 Malibu aircraft that disappeared off Alderney in the English Channel Islands at 20:30 (GMT) on Monday.

Sala was on route from Nantes to the Welsh capital after sealing a club-record £15m transfer to Cardiff over the weekend.

But the search for both and Sala and pilot Ibbotson, a 60-year-old father of three, has had no success.

Guernsey Police delivered a grim statement on Wednesday declaring that chances the pair have survived are “unfortunately slim”.

After calling off the search at sunset on Wednesday, the quest to find Sala and Ibbotson continues for the third day.

“We are commencing a coastal search using be Channel Islands Air Search plane of Burhou, the Casquets, Alderney, the north coast of the Cherbourg Peninsula, north coast of Jersey and then back over Sark,” read a Guernsey Police statement.

“Further information released when available.”

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Speaking after their last search effort on Wednesday, Guernsey harbourmaster David Barker revealed that they haven’t given up hope.

“It has been a long day and covered another enormous area of sea,” said Barker.

“We concentrated the search for a life raft and two occupants but haven’t found them.

“It’s frustrating and we haven’t given up hope. A lot of people have been working very hard in the air, on the sea and on the ground and do all they can.

“The response has been tremendous, also from the public, but we will have to make a decision.

“We will get together at 07:00 and see what is the best forward.”

However, the search has now continued where hopefully news of Sala and Ibbotson’s whereabouts will come to light later today.

Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder was the latest to pay tribute to Sala during their 2-0 Copa del Rey win over Barcelona.