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Argentina's Mercado joins Al Rayyan


Doha: Argentina international Gabriel Mercado has signed for Qatari team Al-Rayyan, the club said Tuesday, following a three-year stint at Sevilla.

"In our first deal for the new season, the club announces it has officially signed the Argentine defender Gabriel Mercado to be one of our foreign players for next season," Al Rayyan posted on their Twitter account.

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Al Rayyan added that he had signed a contract but gave no details about its duration or terms.

However Spanish media reported that Mercado had been handed a one-year deal.

Mercado had expressed his desire to be a "necessary addition" to the Qatari league side, said a subsequent tweet.

Al Rayyan did not advance past the group stage of the 2019 AFC Champions League and finished fourth in the 2018-19 Qatar Stars League.

Sources: AFP, Al Rayyan

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