Wesley Sneijder: Netherlands midfielder joins Al-Gharafa in Qatar

Wesley Sneijder confirms Qatar move after Nice misadventure

Wesley Sneijder confirms Qatar move after Nice misadventure

In a stunning coup, especially considering Sneijder had previously been linked with Major League Soccer giants Los Angeles Galaxy, Al Gharafa confirmed on Friday evening that a deal had been done to sign the experienced playmaker from Ligue 1 outfit Nice.

The news of his transfer was broken on the official handle of Al Gharafa which read, "Breaking: We are delighted to announce that Wesley Sneijder will join Al Gharafa Sports Club".

Al-Gharafa will hope Sneijder can make an immediate impact with the team currently lying seventh in the table with 11 points from 11 games.

He has won league titles in his native Holland as well as Italy and Spain, while also helping Inter win the Champions League in 2010.

The seven-time champions of Qatar will hope Snejider can bring in a fresh group of fans and allow the Dutchman enough time on the pitch to find some form.

He was the Netherlands' most capped player with a total of 133 appearances in the national squad.

"It's great news for the Qatar Stars League", Xavi said.

Al Gharafa is quite buoyant about Wesley Sneijder's signing and has shared images of its owner and the footballer at Doha airport captioning them 'Welcome to Qatar'.

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