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Santi Cazorla leaves Villarreal for Al-Sadd

The 35-year-old played his last game for the Spanish side on Sunday as they defeated Eibar 4-0

1:42pm on Monday 20th July 2020
Martin Macdonald

Santi Cazorla has left Villarreal to join Al-Sadd where he will play under former international team-mate, Xavi.

On Sunday, the former Arsenal man played for the Yellow Submarine as they defeated Eibar 4-0, with his team-mates subsequently giving him a memorable send off by throwing him into the air and giving him a guard of honour.

The day after it was announced he would join Al-Sadd.

The head coach of the club, Xavi, had previously been strongly linked to a return to Barcelona as boss, but recently signed a new contract with the Doha-based outfit which was an extension until next year.

Cazorla has been in remarkable form for Villarreal this season, scoring 11 goals and recording nine assists to earn an overall 92 FC Rating.

The Spaniard starred for Villarreal between 2007 and 2011 before making the move to Malaga and then Arsenal.

After a series of injuries stole a large portion of his final seasons with the Gunners, he returned to fitness and signed for Villarreal for his second period with the club.

His performances earned him a recall to the Spanish national team, while he was a contender to be included in the squad for Euro 2020 before the competition was postponed.

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