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Gabi eager to start Al Sadd adventure

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Gabi Fernandez-Al Sadd

Doha: Al Sadd’s new signing Gabi Fernandez has spoken of his delight at joining the Wolves, after sealing his move from Atletico Madrid.

The Spanish star signed a two-year-contract with the club on Monday evening and will now join his countryman Xavi in the Al Sadd midfield.

Speaking after signing the contract, Gabi said: “I took the decision to play in Qatar after deep thought, especially as I spent many years playing in Spain. I now look forward to this new experience at a new club, which I’m sure will be a great one.

“I have seen the sights of Doha and I also observed the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, including the great facilities at the Khalifa International Stadium. I am convinced that Qatar will host a successful World Cup in 2022.”

“Xavi was the first person to talk to me about coming to Qatar and Al Sadd,” added the former Atletico Madrid captain. “He told me a lot about the project at Al Sadd and that we would make a great duo in it. We will now work together to ensure that more success comes to the club, by winning titles.”

Gabi also spoke about bringing his experience to the team and helping the development of young Qatari players. “I will work hard to implement the European mentality in Qatari football, helping Qatari players to improve during my time here.”

“My aim with Al Sadd will be to compete for and win all the titles, with the AFC Champions League being our first stop. I am very happy to be here in Qatar and to play for Al Sadd.”

Al Sadd will face Esteghlal of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the 2018 AFC Champions League quarter-finals in August.