Official: Thomas Heurtel terminates his contract with Barcelona

The Frenchman was separated by the Barcelona club due to differences with the coach and management. Now he is less free to play the Euroleague.


The 'Heurtel case' is deactivated. He is no longer a Barcelona player. He has reached a termination agreement with the club and is now free. His agent, Misko Raznatovic, announced the news on his Twitter account. Barcelona has subsequently confirmed this with an official statement.

The French player was separated at Barça. Jasikevicius was not happy with his contribution, he ran out of minutes and began negotiating with other teams in December to find a way out. The player was not transparent with his team, letting it fall that he was talking to Fenerbahçe when in reality he wanted to go to the maximum rival: Real Madrid. The Barça managers went into a rage and in Istanbul there was the famous episode of the plane in which they did not let him travel with his teammates. He did not find an accommodation before the deadline to go to another team that plays the Euroleague and, since then, he has been removed from group discipline. He was training the solitaire. He was replaced, curiously, by another of Raznatovic's represented, the also French Leo Westermann.

Now the priority for Thomas Heurtel is to play. The Olympics are your goal and you need minutes. The French team had already thought about it and that is why, despite not playing, they had called him up for the next FIBA Windows in February. His main problem until the club season is over is that he cannot go to any Euroleague team, as the option for him to sign up with a new club expired on January 6. The possibility of signing does exist, it should be clarified, but he could not play any of the remaining matches in the European competition.

Heurtel's contract, terminated by mutual agreement, lasted until June 2021 but with the option of being able to extend it until 2022, a possibility that - seeing how damaged the relationship was - was no longer going to be implemented.

The great unknown is the role of Real Madrid in this new scenario. AS published two weeks ago that the intention of the two parties had negotiated a contract from June. Pablo Laso's team has Llull, Laprovittola, Alocén and two other homegrown players, Matteo Spagnolo and Juan Núñez, for that position of director, but it also has an important gap since Facu Campazzo left for the NBA. The journalist Ignacio Ojeda (Onda Madrid) contributes that a clause has been included in the separation by which the ACB will not be able to play in the remainder of 2020/21, so that an eventual arrival at the white giant should take place from the July.

Heurtel, 31, came to Barça since 2017. With them he has won the last two titles, the 2018 and 2019 Cups, in whose finals he was the MVP.

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