Santi Cazorla wants to help Al Sadd SC “win everything”, as the mercurial Spanish midfielder was officially unveiled by the defending Qatar Stars League champions on Thursday.
Cazorla, who has signed a two-year contract, described Al Sadd as the biggest club in Qatar and was excited with the challenge that awaits. Cazorla joined Al Sadd from Villarreal, having played for the La Liga side the last two seasons after six years with English Premier League club Arsenal. “Al Sadd is the biggest club in Qatar and it’s a great honour to be here and to be part of this club,” said Cazorla.
Capped 81 times by Spain, Cazorla said his target is to win everything with Al Sadd. “We have to try to win everything, all the titles. I will try my best every day to help the team,” the 35-year-old said.
Cazorla said he was excited to be teaming up with head coach Xavi, admitting that the Spanish legend played a key role in him signing for Al Sadd. “Xavi was very important in my decision to come to Qatar. He was my reference when he was a player, and I’m sure he’ll be the same as a coach.”
Asian fans will get to see Cazorla in the 2020 AFC Champions League, with Al Sadd set to resume their Group D campaign against UAE’s Al Ain on September 15.
Al Sadd had registered a win and a draw before the competition was suspended in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cazorla will get a chance to see his new teammates in action when Al Sadd take on QSL leaders Al Duhail today, with the defending champions needing a win to keep their hopes of defending the league title alive.
© Gulf Times Newspaper 2021