Real Madrid legend Nacho joins Saudi Pro League's Al Qadsiyah

Real Madrid legend Nacho joins Saudi Pro League's Al Qadsiyah

dance has joined Al Qadsiah The Saudi Pro League club announced on Thursday that he has signed a two-year contract after leaving Real Madrid.

The Spanish veteran defender, who led Madrid to two titles in the Champions League and La Liga last season, will join the newly-promoted SPL side as a free agent after Euro 2024.

Nacho underwent medical examinations in Germany while on international duty with Spain before moving to Saudi Arabia.

The 34-year-old, who joined Madrid at the age of 10, has won a joint club record 26 trophies in his 12 seasons with the first team. His trophies include six Champions League titles.

“I am very grateful to Real Madrid,” Nacho said at a news conference in Spain on Thursday.

“I hadn't even signed for my new club until a few days ago and Madrid told me they would be there if I changed my mind. I don't need a send-off like that. [Toni] The cross had to make me realize how much people loved me.

“I always made it clear that if I didn't finish my career at Madrid, I wouldn't want to play against them. I want to experience something new, something different. My life would be turned upside down, but that's what I want. I'm very happy.”

Despite ongoing talks with Saudi Arabian giants Al Ittihad, the experienced centre-back opted to sign with Al Qadsiah.

Nacho will be coached at Al Qadsiya by his fellow Spaniard Michel, who led the Khobar-based side to top spot in the First Division league in his first season at the club.

“I could have stayed for another year, but with this jersey there is nothing left to win. That doesn't mean I lack ambition. I just felt it was the right time. I am calm and confident with the decision I have made,” Nacho said.

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