Doha: QNB Stars League side Al Sadd made big transfer swoop when they signed Atletico Madrid's inspirational captain Gabi.
The 34-year-old Spaniard signed a two-year deal with the possibility of the extension for a third and is expected to form a vital cog in midfield alongside the other Spanish maestro and captain Xavi Hernandez.
Gabi, who was a key player in Atletico midfield for more than ten years in two stints (2004 to 2007 and 2011 to 2018) also played for Getafe (2007 to 2011) besides spending a year at Real Zaragoza on loan.
Spanish media had reported last week that Xabi had agreed to join Sadd.
"I will strive very hard to embed the concept of European thought into Qatari football and try to help young players evolve during my stay here," said Gabi, whose arrival will be a big boost to Sadd's chances not only domestically, but also in the AFC Champions League where they will take on Iranian side Esteghlal.