Qatar switch suits Melchiot

Mario Melchiot has signed for Umm Salal in Qatar after being released by Wigan Athletic.

The 33-year-old former Netherlands international moves to a club that is coached by fellow countryman Henk ten Cate, who has also signed Spanish midfielder Gabri.

Melchiot made 33 appearances for the Latics in the campaign just ended to bring his tally for the club in the last three seasons to 101 following his arrival from French side Rennes in 2007.

Melchiot also played more than 100 games for Chelsea earlier in his career as well as spending a couple of seasons at Birmingham City.

He has agreed a two-year deal with Umm Salal.

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