In an interview with L’Quip three months after the controversial night out in Athens, the French player was honest that marked his untimely end to the white team.

Thomas Heurtel received instructions from Pablo Lasso.
Thomas Heurtel received instructions from Pablo Lasso.EFE
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It was March 30, a storm at Real Madrid, the most intense in the memory of the Lasso era, and the three players decided to spend the night party in Athens a few hours before the Eurolig match against Panathinaikos. According to the Greek agency SDNA, the three returned to their hotel in broad daylight. Was Trey ThompsonWho said goodbye to Madrid yesterday, Gerschon Yabusele And Thomas Heurtel, the man who controversially returned from Barcelona and who broke his silence in an interview with the French newspaper L’Quip.

“The day before a match I left for Athens. The context was complicated, the team was going through a losing streak. With a great club like Madrid I destroyed what I was trying to build. If I could go back, I could never do. No. The same mistake. A few days later we had an argument, I apologized. But they made that decision. I paid like the eldest son. I won’t do it again, “explained what happened that night. Punishment for almost three months. The last as a white player.

And that, for a moment, it seemed Paul Lasso I was going to raise my hand little by little. “I’m sure I could have contributed, whether it was one, ten or twenty minutes. I would have loved to have had the opportunity. The Final Four was a dream come true after so many years. Nigel Williams-Goss Injured, he hoped to play. But Pablo Lasso made a decision and kept it. I had no choice but to accept it. I focused on my routine, did my best in training and tried to be prepared, ”he admits.

‘Abandonment’ in Istanbul

He wanted to further explain why he had not yet broken the silence, three months after what happened in Athens: “It would have been selfish to talk about my personal situation in the middle of the playoffs. Nothing would have changed and I didn’t want to damage the equipment.” And he regrets not being able to help the team after an untimely injury. “I was training and they normally asked me to rejoin in the hope of reaching the final. Unfortunately, my ankle sprained during the first training session.”

The Frenchman also remembered this episode when he was ‘abandoned’ in Istanbul as a Barcelona player. “My former agents were negotiating to leave. They were talking to Madrid. I knew it, not Barcelona, ​​who thought I was going to sign Fenerbahce. My agents told me to go to Istanbul with the team. Barcelona knew before the game against Ephesus. At the end, I was in the parking lot and at the foot of the bus they said to me: ‘We’re leaving. You stay. We booked a plane ticket for you tomorrow’ ‘. And the difficult situation he faced after that is as follows: “The club and sarunas jasikevicius They are two different things … everything changed when he came. And they didn’t even talk to me after the Istanbul incident. It was very difficult for me for my family. “

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