Desailly joins Qatar club Al Ithihad

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  • Tuesday, 12 Oct 2004

DOHA: Former France captain Marcel Desailly has joined Qatar's Al Ithihad Club. The ex-AC Milan and Chelsea defender flew into Doha on Sunday to sign the deal. 

Adel Khamis, one of the club's directors and a former Qatar national player, said they were happy to have signed Desailly, but refused to reveal the terms. 

Desailly said: “I am quite happy to move to Qatar. Mentally I am ready to play here.” 

Ghana-born Desailly played 116 times for France before retiring from international soccer after Euro 2004. 

The 36-year-old had been linked to vacant coach's job with the Ghana national side. 

Instead, Desailly has been lured to oil-and-gas-rich Qatar, following such veterans as Argentine Gabriel Batistuta, Frenchman Frank Lebouef and Spaniard Joseph Guardiola. 

Desailly was born in Ghana but moved to France as a boy after being adopted by a French diplomat.– Reuters 

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