But upon returning to Wales, he went missing flying across the English channel.
French soccer club Nantes is threatening legal action against Premier League club Cardiff to recover the transfer fee for Emiliano Sala, whose plane crashed into the English Channel, The Mirror reports.
In a statement, the AAIB said: "Following extensive visual examination of the accident site using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), it was made a decision to attempt recovery operations".
After a prolonged search, wreckage from Sala's plane was spotted last weekend and the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) have undertaken an investigation into the cause of the crash, as well as examining the logistics involved in raising the aircraft from its position 67m beneath the surface.
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The AAIB also confirmed attempts to recover the wreckage were abandoned due to bad weather conditions, and their recovery mission was now over.
It was carried out in "as dignified a way as possible" and the men's families were kept updated throughout, it said.
'The body is now being taken to Portland to be passed into the care of the Dorset Coroner, ' a statement read.
'The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the hard decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close, ' the AAIB said.
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Regional newspaper Ouest-France quoted an anonymous source at Nantes calling Cardiff's attitude "hypocritical", accusing them of "wanting to buy time".
The AAIB said it expected to publish an interim report within the month.
Before the accident, the Argentine striker had already signed a contract with Cardiff to become the most expensive player in the club's history.
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