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Qatari club Al-Saad signs Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla

July 20, 2020 GMT
FILE - In this Friday Nov. 15, 2019 file photo, Spain's Santi Cazorla celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during a Euro 2020 Group F qualifying soccer match between Spain and Malta at the Ramon de Carranza stadium in Cadiz, Spain. Qatari club Al-Saad said Monday July 20, 2020, it has signed former Spain and Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti, File)
FILE - In this Friday Nov. 15, 2019 file photo, Spain's Santi Cazorla celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during a Euro 2020 Group F qualifying soccer match between Spain and Malta at the Ramon de Carranza stadium in Cadiz, Spain. Qatari club Al-Saad said Monday July 20, 2020, it has signed former Spain and Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti, File)

MADRID (AP) — Former Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has signed with Al-Saad, the Qatari club said Monday.

The club said on Twitter it “reached an agreement” with the former Spain international and he will “soon” arrive in Doha to “complete the formalities and join the team.”

Al-Saad is coached by former Barcelona great Xavi Hernández.

The 35-year-old Cazorla had been playing with Villarreal, which finished fifth in this year’s Spanish league.

Cazorla missed several seasons because of a series of injuries that threatened his career.

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