Toni Kroos Slams Highly Rated Spanish Midfielder for Saudi Arabia Move

Toni Kroos Slams Highly Rated Spanish Midfielder for Saudi Arabia Move

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at August 24, 2023 at 12:33 PM
  • Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga is close to joining Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia's top flight
  • Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos does not like that and has made his feelings known
  • Al-Ahli have signed top stars this summer including Riyad Mahrez and Roberto Firmino

Real Madrid star, Toni Kroos, has seemingly criticised Celta Vigo midfielder, Gabri Veiga’s imminent transfer to Saudi Pro League side, Al-Ahli.

Veiga had a breakout 2022/23 season, which attracted some top clubs in Europe, like Napoli and some in England. However, it appears Al-Ahli will seal the transfer of the youngster.

Gabri Veiga, Toni Kroos, Real Madrid, Celta Vigo, Al-Ahli, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Pro League
Gabri Veiga joins a long list of players from Europe who've moved to Saudi Arabia. Photos by Octavio Passos and Fran Santiago.
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Transfer guru, Fabrizio Romano reported that Celta Vigo had accepted a bid from the Saudi Arabian club. Veiga’s release clause is reportedly £34.4 million.

The 21-year-old is set to become the latest star from a European club to join Al-Ahli. This summer alone, they have signed Edouard Mendy, Riyad Mahrez, Roger Ibanez, Allan Saint-Maximin, Franck Kessie, and Merih Derimal from European clubs.

Moreover, top clubs in Saudi Arabia have signed some top players from European clubs, including Karim Benzema, Sadio Mane, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Kroos blasts Veiga’s Al-Ahli move

Not everyone is happy about that. Under Romano’s report on Instagram, Kroos commented on the transfer news.

"Embarrassing," the World Cup winner stated.

Meanwhile, Celta Vigo coach, Rafael Benitez, welcomed the move.

“[The] Al-Ahli deal will change Gabri Veiga’s life in positive. It hurts but will also help our club financially. Going to Saudi at 20? It’s not just place for old players. I had Carrasco in China, then he returned and he’s playing UCL,” he said via Football London.

Al-Ahli eyeing Atletico midfielder

Sports Brief also reported on Al-Ahli focusing on Atletico Madrid midfielder, Rodrigo de Paul, after Napoli's Piotr Zielinski rejected them.

The Saudi Pro League side have reportedly opened talks to sign the Argentina star after their pursuit of the Polish international collapsed.

De Paul moved to Spain in 2021 for €35 million from Italian side, Udinese and Atletico would need some convincing to let a key player go.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.