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Akram Afif joins Sporting Gijón on loan

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Marcelino is happy to help his old team out with a loan of the Qatari international, who has impressed in preseason.

Afif in the Toulon tournament in 2014
Afif in the Toulon tournament in 2014
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Another loan, this one widely expected--Akram Afif has impressed enough that he's moving to Sporting Gijon on loan, where he'll get more playing time in the Primera than we could give him this season.

I have to think originally the thought might have been to have him on our B team, but he's clearly ready for more than Segunda B football and he's been quite impressive.

Official notice is here: http://www.villarrealcf.es/noticias/indice-general/noticias-generales/item/14479-akram-afif-cedido-al-sporting-de-gijon