Gabri Veiga has completed his move from Celta Vigo to Al-Ahli for a reported fee of €40m, making him the most expensive signing in the history of the Saudi Arabian club. The 21-year-old midfielder had been linked with several European clubs, including Napoli, who were close to agreeing a deal with Celta for €36m. However, Al-Ahli swooped in at the last minute and offered a higher amount, which Celta accepted.
Veiga, who made his debut for Celta in 2021 and scored 11 goals in 50 appearances for the Celta side, said he was happy to join Al-Ahli and thanked Celta for giving him the opportunity to play in La Liga. He also expressed his gratitude to the fans, who gave him a warm farewell at the Balaidos stadium on Sunday.
Celta president Carlos Mourino said he was proud of Veiga’s development and wished him all the best in his new adventure. He also admitted that the sale was necessary for the club’s financial situation, as they had been struggling with debts and losses due to the pandemic. He said that Veiga’s transfer fee would help them balance their books and invest in new players.
The deal was seen as a win-win situation for both clubs, as Al-Ahli strengthened their squad with a young and talented player, while Celta secured a significant profit from their academy product. However, some critics questioned Veiga’s decision to leave Europe for a less competitive league and wondered if he would regret it in the future.
The Real Madrid star midfielder Toni Kroos was furious about Veiga’s decision to choose Al-Ahli instead of another European club, and on his Instagram, he wrote ‘Embarrassing’ on Fabrizio Romano’s post about the Veiga deal because he thinks that Veiga had chosen money over everything and he might going to regret it.
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