Nine players secure moves to Spain in Saudi Arabia and La Liga partnership
The Saudi Arabia and La Liga partnership has benefited nine Saudi internationals, who join different Spanish clubs on loan deals until the end of the season.
Saudi Arabia and La Liga partnership was signed in October 2017. Under the agreement, Saudi players would move to the either of the top two Spanish leagues over the January transfer window.
Saudi Arabia is also expected to gain from technical assistance coming from their partner country. Spain, on the other hand, will gain more ground on popularity in the Middle East region.
The partnership was signed off by Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority, Saudi Arabia Football Association and La Liga – who run the La Liga and Segunda Division.
Nooh Al Mousa (Real Valladolid), Salem Al Dawsari (Villareal), Fahad Al-Muwallad (Levante), Abdullah Alhamddan (Sporting Gijon) and Yahia Al-Shehri (CD Leganes) have moved to Spain, from the Saudi Pro league, on half-season loan deals. Others are Abdulmajeed Al Sulaiheem (Rayo Vallecano), Ali Al Namer (Numancia), Marwan Othman (Leganes ‘B’) and Gaber Mostafa (Villareal ‘B’)
Yahia Al-Shehri, 27, is the most experienced of the lot. He has 51 caps for Saudi Arabia and formerly played for Al Nassr. The nine players were picked after scouting by the respective Spanish clubs
The Saudi Arabia and La Liga partnership is expected to help the country prepare for the 2018 World Cup. Saudi Arabia will play Egypt in their final group match at the World Cup.
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