Saudi players in La Liga unfair on Spanish youngsters, says AganzoMarch 22, 2018
AFE technical secretary David Aganzo has hit out at La Liga’s signings of three Saudi Arabian players in January.
Each of the Saudi Arabian footballers arrived on Spanish soil two months back and were distributed by La Liga to several top division and Liga 123 sides.
Villarreal, Leganes and Levante were selected as the three La Liga side’s to take on a player, with Midfielder Salem Al Dawsari, Yahia Al-Shehri and Fahad Al-Muwallad all given the chance in a £850k per player deal.
Sporting Gijon, Numancia, Rayo Vallecano and Real Valladolid from Segunda were chosen as the Segunda clubs to take on other Saudi players, with a total of nine arriving from the Gulf nation.
Much has been said about the program to install the players in Spanish football, having seen none of the above make a single appearance.
“What I’d like is for things not to happen like they did with the Saudis,” the former Real Madrid striker told Radio Marca.
“Football isn’t just about money but also values. I’ve spoken to [La Liga chief Javier] Tebas about it and for me, football can’t be managed this way.
“It’s a lack of respect to the youngsters and those playing in the lower Leagues.”
Al Dawsari, who joined Villarreal has represented his country on 25 occasions, whilst playing club football for Al Ahli, making over 100 appearances. Capable of playing in a central midfield role, the 26-year-old can also play on either wing.
Leganes new boy Al-Shehri joins from Al Nassr, whom he played for 144 times. He also has international experience, playing up front for his country in no less than 41 games, scoring six goals.
And, finally, Fahad Al-Muwallad, who joins Levante is a winger who has international experience also, featuring 40 times for his country.