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Al Sadd confirm Cazorla arrival


Doha: Santi Cazorla is set to become the latest big-name Spaniard to join Qatari champions Al Sadd, after his imminent arrival was confirmed by the club on Monday.

The two-time UEFA European Championship winner’s move was announced on the club’s official social media channels, coming just one day after Cazorla’s final match for Spanish outfit Villareal.

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“We have reached an agreement with Santi Cazorla,” Al Sadd’s official Twitter account revealed. “He will reach Doha soon to complete the formalities and join the team. Welcome to Al Sadd, Santi!”

Cazorla, 35, is the latest decorated Spanish player link up with the 14-time Qatari champions.

Former Barcelona luminary Xavi Hernandez represented the club more than 100 times in all competitions before graduating to his current role of head coach, while veteran Atlético Madrid midfielder Gabi helped the club to the 2018-19 Qatar Stars League title before departing last month.

Cazorla’s signing will see the former Arsenal star line up alongside regional stars like Qatar’s 2019 AFC Player of the Year Akram Afif and prolific Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah.

Champions last term, Al Sadd are 10 points adrift of league leaders Al Duhail with five matches remaining in the Qatar Stars League, which is set to resume on Friday.

The club will also restart their 2020 AFC Champions League campaign in September, with its four remaining Group D matches to be staged on home soil in Qatar.

Photo: AFP

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