Gabri Veiga: “I didn’t go to Saudi Arabia for the money”

Gabri Veiga has spoken for the first time about leaving Celta Vigo to move to the Saudi Pro League.

Manu Carreño asked the Spanish midfielder on El Larguero, “Did you leave for money? Veiga replied: “I’ll tell you straight away that I didn’t. Everyone has their own opinion and their own way of doing things. Everyone has their own way of thinking and life and they have to make decisions, but there were other factors that tipped the balance and I’m very proud of the step I took.

“Among all the options I was considering, it was the one that allowed me to grow as a footballer, to mature with a young coach, in a team with great players, and in a league that is growing a lot. It was a step towards the future, even if there are many people who don’t understand it, and I’m not going to ask them to understand it. For me, it was the best step I could take.”

The former Celta player, however, has not closed the door on a possible return to Europe. “You never know what can happen in a league like the Saudi league, where many stars are coming and they are also happy, as Cristiano [Ronaldo] often says,” he added.

“You never know what could happen, but my motivation one day could also be to win titles in Europe, to play in the Champions League. You never know, even two years ago I didn’t imagine myself in Saudi Arabia and now I’m very happy [here].”

Kieran Quaile | GSFN

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