Top-tier Spanish football club Leganes on Monday was preparing to receive Saudi Arabian forward Yahya al-Shehri as part of a deal between the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation and La Liga, in an effort to grow football in Saudi Arabia.
"Leganes Sports Club signed on Sunday afternoon the Saudi Arabian left-footed striker Yahya al-Shehri, who played 37 matches for the first national team with whom he qualified for the 2018 World Cup, on loan from Al-Nassr," the club confirmed in a statement.
The 26-year-old player made 16 appearances with his club this season, scoring four goals and six assists.
As a part of a partnership initially announced in October, nine Saudi players are to join first and second division Spanish leagues to gain experience and help improve football in the kingdom.
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