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Nene joins Qatari club Al-Gharafa

Paris St Germain winger Nene confirmed on Sunday he will sign for Qatari club Al-Gharafa.

The Brazilian was the French league's joint top scorer with 21 goals last season, but has fallen out of favor amid reports of rifts with coach Carlo Ancelotti and sporting director Leonardo.

Speaking on French television program Telefoot, Nene said: "I have reached an agreement with Al Gharafa. It was difficult. I always had this dream of going to Brazil and the team of my family.

"It was almost completed with [Brazilian side] Santos, but it has not happened."

Al Gharafa is thought to have offered Nene a lucrative deal, and the veteran said he had to think long term.

Santos was among the teams leading the chase to sign Nene, who still has hopes of breaking into the Brazil team in time for next year's World Cup on home soil.

"These are things that happen once in a lifetime," he said. "I do not know if people will understand. I'll be 32 in July, the time passes quickly. I thought about my future, my family. That's why I'm going."

Nene has scored prolifically in France, tallying 55 league goals in 142 games from the wing for PSG and his former club, Monaco. Even though PSG has struggled for form at times this season, Ancelotti has rarely called on Nene, even when others like Javier Pastore were woefully out of form.

"We have a normal relationship, I respect him and we get on well,'' Nene said last week when asked about whether Ancelotti froze him out, but he was less charitable toward Leonardo, who has been behind several big signings -- including Pastore -- since arriving at the club 18 months ago.

"Leo(nardo) had different opinions to me, I don't know if it's him or the club,'' Nene said. "I think I helped the club a lot to be where it is now ... I think I could have been shown more consideration.''

Information from Press Association and The Associated Press was used in this report.


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