Qatari side Al-Gharafa have confirmed the signing of Wesley Sneijder on an 18-month deal.

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The 33-year-old leaves OGC Nice after only six months with the French side, with Al-Gharafa presenting Sneijder as their new signing on Monday. Sneijder has signed an 18-month contract and will captain his new side.

Speaking at a press conference, Sneijder stated that he turned down several offers to move to Qatar. He said, “To be honest, my choice to come here was to play football.

“There was speculation about me going to the US, about going to China or others, but I never read about ‘he will go to Qatar’.

“Of course, there were more offers and they came from everywhere.”

He added, “I feel very welcome here, I can not wait to start the training and help the team, I want to convey my experience and quality and especially help the young players, I have heard that the team has a lot of qualities. ”

Al-Gharafa currently sit mid-table in the Qatari league and Sneijder could make his debut on Friday against Al-Ahli.

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