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Khoukhi joins Al Sadd camp in Spain amid transfer scuffle

Khoukhi joins Al Sadd camp in Spain amid transfer scuffle

Tribune News Network
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Al Sadd and Qatar midfielder Boualem Khoukhi has reported for the club’s pre-season camp in Spain after being embroiled in a transfer battle with Al Gharafa.
In a tweet on Thursday, Al Gharafa announced it had signed the dynamic player on a four-year deal but Al Sadd denied the transfer saying, “The Al Sadd management wishes to claim the club’s rights with regards to Khoukhi Boualem, as per the laws and regulations of the QFA. The management has taken the necessary legal steps to preserve the club rights,” on its Twitter handle.
However, Khoukhi who reported to the camp on Saturday, in an interview, told the club’s website that he’s concentrating on Al Sadd’s future games both at home and in the AFC Champions League.
“Our goal this season is to compete for the Champions League. We have a new coach in Xavi, and we know him very well. We wish him well in this job, especially after winning as a player, hope his experience helps him as a coach,” Khoukhi told the club’s website.
“We have a tough game against Al Duhail in the Champions League, and we are preparing ourselves for this game. It will be a great challenge as our ambition is to win the trophy.”
The midfielder who won the Asian Cup trophy with the Qatar national team back in February had his finest professional season last year. Besides the Asian Cup, he bagged the Falcon Shield with the Wolves and was an integral part of Al Annabi’s Copa America run in Brazil last month.
“Last season was one of my best years in football; winning the league, Al Sadd and winning the Asian Cup with the national team.
“I think I played at a high level last season. For this year, we will work to achieve more success, first Super Cup (against Al Duhail) and we are so excited to bring joy to the fans,” Khoukhi said.
On Al Sadd summer arrivals, the 29-year-old said, “There is no big difference from last season, with the exception of Nam Tae-Hee, who we know from his time at
Al Duhail.
“He is a great player and is a strong addition to
the team.”

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