Emiliano Sala did not want to join Cardiff City, a haunting voice message from the striker has revealed.
The Argentinian confided in a friend his doubts over the deal two weeks before he was tragically killed in a plane crash while travelling to the Welsh capital from Nantes.
The January 6 WhatsApp message was revealed in a L’Equipe Enquete documentary on Wednesday evening.
In it, Sala describes how his agent, Meissa N’Diaye, told him that the son of Nantes owner Waldemar Kita, Frank, had confessed the previous evening to wanting to sell the £15 million man.
“So, there is the offer from Cardiff today,” Sala adds. “On their side, they have negotiated to get a lot of money. So they absolutely want me to go there.
“It is true that it is a good contract but, from a football perspective, it is not interesting for me. So... there you go, they are trying in every way to get me to go there.”
Sala continues by denying being “scared” to “go there and fight”, in an apparent reference to Cardiff’s relegation battle.
He adds: “But, also, I say to myself that Meissa must find me something better between now and the end of the window. Meissa has said no to Cardiff because he does not want me to go there.
“He thinks that, in terms of football, in terms of where we are today, we are in a position of strength in every which way, in terms of on the pitch, the contract, all of that.
“But I don’t care about that and I do not want that. I don’t give a f*** about being in a position of strength.
“It is true that I would like to find something interesting in terms of contractually and also from a football perspective, but sometimes you can’t have both.”
Sala goes on to say he did not want to discuss the matter with Kita “because I do not want to get angry. He is someone who disgusts me when I am face to face with him”.
He adds: “Him, today, he wants to sell me to Cardiff because he has done a super negotiation. He will get the money he wants eh?
“He, he wants me to go there. He hasn’t even asked what I want... All he cares about is money. So, today, we are like that. A complete mess. So, there you go... I don’t know.
“I don’t know what to do because, as I said to you, it is I who has to get up every day and see the face of this person... But nobody is looking at me, myself, me internally, what I am having to go through.
“So, it is very hard, it is very hard, because I feel like there are not many people who would put themselves in my place.”