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20 July 2020 18:31

Arsenal F.C. Santi Cazorla Villarreal CF

Cazorla was thrown into the air by Villarreal's players after his last game on Sunday Former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is set to join Qatari club Al Sadd. Cazorla, 35, played his last game for Spanish club Villarreal on Sunday and his contract has now expired. In joining Al Sadd, Cazorla will be managed by former Spain international team-mate Xavi, who has extended his deal at the club until 2021. "We have reached an agreement with Santi Cazorla," Al Sadd tweeted. Cazorla played 180 times across six seasons for Arsenal between 2012 and 2018 and spent the last two seasons playing for Villarreal for the second time in his career.

Manchester City's David Silva, 34, is also being linked with a move to Qatar, with Al-Duhail said to be keen on the Spanish midfielder. Former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has linked up with former Spain team-mate Xavi at Al-Sadd after playing his last game for Villarreal on Sunday. The 35-year-old has spent the last two seasons back at the club where he started his career following an injury nightmare at the end of his time in north London. Cazorla, who scored 22 goals in 86 appearances in his second spell at Villarreal, was given a guard of honour and hoisted into the air by team-mates after Sunday's 4-0 win over Eibar. "We have reached an agreement with Santi Cazorla," Al-Sadd said on Twitter.

"He will reach Doha soon to complete the formalities and join the team. Welcome to Al-Sadd, Santi!" The popular midfielder was part of Spain's squad, alongside Xavi, as La Roja won Euro 2008 and Euro 2012. Cazorla has been linked with a possible coaching role at Arsenal, but has decided to continue playing for the time being. In Pictures | Arsenal's Santi Cazorla trains at Emirates | 26/04/2018 13 show all In Pictures | Arsenal's Santi Cazorla trains at Emirates | 26/04/2018 1/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 2/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 3/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 4/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 5/13 AFP/Getty Images 6/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 7/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 8/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 9/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 10/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 11/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 12/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 13/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 1/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 2/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 3/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 4/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 5/13 AFP/Getty Images 6/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 7/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 8/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 9/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 10/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 11/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 12/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images 13/13 Arsenal FC via Getty Images Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he is yet to hold talks with Cazorla about a coaching role, but has refused to rule out the Spaniard returning one day. Xavi recently renewed his contract at Al-Sadd for one more season, up until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

Santi Cazorla has agreed to join Qatari side Al-Sadd (Getty Images) Former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla will join Qatari side Al-Sadd after leaving Villarreal. The 35-year-old made his final appearance for the Spanish club on Sunday evening and was given a guard of honour by the Villarreal and Eibar players after the full-time whistle. Cazorla had indicated that he would be open to returning to Arsenal as part of Mikel Arteta's coaching staff. 'I don't know what my legacy is [at Arsenal],' Cazorla told Vamos in May. 'You have to ask the fans, but I want to thank everyone. 'I don't know what I will do next, maybe a coach, maybe a sports director, but I would like to come back.' Santi Cazorla bids farewell to Villarreal and LaLiga 👋 What a player! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/oTlEGj8Ugh — Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) July 19, 2020 👏🏾 ASÍ SE DESPIDE A DOS LEYENDAS 💛💛 Bruno y Cazorla abandonan con la ovación de sus compañeros y rivales 😢 Ha sido su último partido con la camiseta del Villarreal 🎥 @javi_lazaro pic.twitter.com/kbM4pERyEN — Radio MARCA (@RadioMARCA) July 19, 2020 But Al-Sadd have now confirmed that Cazorla has reached an agreement to join them. Advertisement The Doha-based team are currently managed by Barcelona legend and Cazorla's former Spain teammate Xavi. Earlier this month, Al-Sadd announced that Xavi had signed a contract extension which keeps him tied to the club until next year. Santi Cazorla will join up with Xavi in Qatar (Getty Images) Cazorla, meanwhile, has has thrived since returning to Villarreal in August 2018 and has finished the La Liga season with 11 goals and nine assists. The midfielder also returned to Spain's national team after a four-year absence last June and was aiming to be part of the Euro 2020 squad this summer before the tournament was postponed. Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.