Saudi Gazette report
JEDDAH — In a recent announcement, Rafael Benitez, the coach of Celta Vigo, acknowledged that 21-year-old midfielder Gabriel Veiga Novas is one of the most promising talents in Spain and is on his way to making a transfer to Al-Ahli of Saudi Arabia.
Gabri Veiga was notably absent from Celta’s lineup as they prepared to host Real Madrid in the Spanish league on Friday, heightening speculation about his imminent move to Al-Ahli in the coming hours.
According to Spanish media reports, Veiga was on the brink of transferring to Napoli, the reigning Italian champions. However, he received an enticing offer from Al-Ahli, a club that has made significant signings this summer, including the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Roberto Firmino, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, Frank Kessie, and Allan Saint-Maximin.
During a press conference, Rafael Benitez commented on Veiga’s situation, saying: “Veiga’s talent has blossomed, and he has displayed remarkable performances, making him an attractive player in the transfer market. While Celta didn’t initially intend to sell him, the surrounding circumstances have led to changes.”
Benitez, a former coach of Real Madrid, Liverpool, and Inter Milan, further explained: “Both the player himself and his family are in a position that will change their lives for the better. Due to his young age, he has the potential to return and play in leagues that are more competitive.”
Speculations within the Spanish media suggest that Celta Vigo might have agreed to sell Veiga to Al-Ahli in exchange for a reported sum of 35 million euros.
Gabri Veiga’s transfer to Al-Ahli Saudi Club marks a significant step in his career, and fans are eager to witness the young talent’s journey as he takes on new challenges in a different league.
The move not only signifies a turning point for Veiga but also highlights the growing attraction of Saudi football clubs in the international transfer market.