Gabi arrives in Qatar to complete Al Sadd moveJuly 3, 2018
Former Atletico Madrid captain Gabi is set to join Qatar side Al Sadd, claim reports in Spanish press.
A whole host of Spanish media outlets including Diario AS and Cadena COPE have claimed that the 34-year-old midfielder has agreed a move to the Middle East.
Pictures have since followed the reports of the Spaniard arriving at a Qatari airport and posing with an Al Sadd scarf – the team is now set to join.
Atleti were desperate to sign Gabi to an extended deal earlier this year and did strike a deal – but the arrival of Rodri from Villarreal is said to have seen the former captain’s future questioned.
Much like Xavi Hernandez (Qatar), Andres Iniesta (Japan) and Fernando Torres (Japan or MLS) – Gabi joins them in moving aboard following a career largely in La Liga.
Gabi is set to sign a three-year deal with the club and it is claimed they are worth €6m in wages per season.
Having come through the youth system at the Madrid-based club, Gabi spent four years at Real Zaragoza between 2007 and 2011 before returning to Diego Simeone’s side.
The central midfielder has amassed a total of 414 first-team appearances for the Europa League winners but has never been capped by Spain.
Al Sadd are the club of former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez.