Atletico Madrid captain Gabi announces departure to Al Sadd
Gabi is set to join Al Sadd in Qatar after being at the Spanish Club for 11-years. The Atletico Madrid captain has reportedly signed a two year deal with the Al-Sadd with an option for further one year.
Gabi said,”This is a difficult and emotional day for me. It’s been the hardest moment of my career. This club is a lifestyle for me.”
Gabi added that,”I’ve been thinking with my heart since I was 12 and now I have to do it with my head. Two reasons. The first, that in a week I turn 35 and I probably do not have another similar opportunity. The second, that the two previous times I would not have been winning. This time I have the chance to leave with a title.”
Gabi was born in Madrid and was a part of Atletico Madrid youth system. In 2007 he was loaned to Zaragosa for 4-years before returning to the Spanish side.
Gabi has represented Atletico Madrid for over 400 games and has scored over 9 times. Gabi will join Barcelona star player Xavi Hernandez who is at Al Sadd since 2015.
Gabi was also the integral part of the team which won one La Liga, two Europa Leagues, one UEFA Super Cup, one Copa del Rey and one Spanish Super Cup. he was also the captain of the side in 5 of the mentioned 6 occasions.