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19-goal man reveals that he turned down Premier League move in January

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Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen has revealed that he felt ‘uncomfortable’ about joining Cardiff City following the tragic passing of Emiliano Sala.

The Bluebirds had completed the £15m signing of the striker from Nantes before his plane went missing over the English Channel, with the body of the 28-year-old later recovered from the wreckage of the crash.

The Welsh side were one of many top-flight sides interested in Bowen and the Daily Mail reveal how they tabled a £12m bid for the 19-goal man as deadline day approached.

However, Bowen explained that the awful tragedy that occurred made him uneasy about joining Neil Warnock’s side.

The whole situation was very uncomfortable. To join Cardiff knowing that he was meant to play for them would have been incredibly difficult and not something that filled me with any enthusiasm.”

Of course, any transfer would have needed Hull’s approval in any case, but from my personal point of view it was never a starter, not under those circumstances. It just felt wrong.”

The 22-year-old has been outstanding for the Tigers this season and it seems unlikely he will still be with the club next season.

The Verdict

These comments are very classy from Bowen and show how he was clearly touched by Sala’s passing – as fans and players around the world were.

Football obviously didn’t matter at that time and you can understand why players would have doubts about joining Cardiff in such tough circumstances.

He has carried on playing well for Hull since though and it would be a surprise if he wasn’t a Premier League player next season.

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