Ghana captain Andre Ayew has heaped praises on Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez for transforming Al Sadd since appointed manager of the club.
The 2010 World Cup winner with Spain was appointed manager of the Qatari Stars League club in May 2019 after playing five seasons for the club since leaving the Camp Nou.
The Barcelona legend led Al Sadd to win the Qatari league last season.
Andre Ayew who left Swansea City after the expiration of his contract says he is impressed with the development of Al Sadd under Xavi which also influenced his decision to join the club despite receiving several offers from top European clubs.
“Xavi, the coach of the team, was a great player and played for a long time with the biggest and best club in the world – Barcelona, and he is now a coach for the best club in the Gulf after playing with the team for five years".
"I follow the Al Sadd team and watched the development that took place in the team’s performance in terms of entertaining football, the positioning of the players and the great tactics with which the team plays.
"I expect to learn a lot from him during my time with him. My goal is to win titles, to make the fans happy, and to strive hard to win the AFC Champions League.”
Ayew expressed his happiness in joining the Qatari league champions
“I am very happy and proud to play at Al Sadd. It’s an important moment for me and my family, because of what Al Sadd provided to my family in the past, and therefore when the club offered me a contract, I agreed immediately and I am sure that we will win more championships together.”
Ayew played for six clubs, including his two loan spells at Lorient and AC Arlésien, in Europe and recorded 131 goals and 55 assists in over 400 appearances.
Ayew is expected to bring his wealth of experience on board to help the club achieve thier goal of conquering Asia having dominated domestic competitions in recent years.