Pau Gasol signs for Barça: "Very happy to come home"

The player announced on Tuesday his signing for the Barça team, where he played until making the leap to the NBA in 2001. "I face this stage with great enthusiasm."


At 17:19, Pau Gasol made his signing for Barça official through social networks. "I am very happy to announce that I am returning home and that I will soon join the ranks of FC Barcelona in basketball. I want to be able to contribute to Barça's ambitious project and make myself available to the coach to join this team and the magnificent work it is developing I want to put my skills and experience at your disposal at a key moment of the season as I continue to progress in my physical condition and start to pick up the pace of competition. "

The power forward, who has not played for almost two years due to an injury, hopes to be able to join "as soon as possible" and will assess together with the coach, the coaching staff and the medical teams (his and the club's) his "progression within of the team and contribution on the track ".

"Barça gave me the opportunity to grow and train as a player, and I am very grateful for everything they have given me. It is a very important step in my sports career and I face this stage with great enthusiasm and with the hope of being able to contribute to the first team soon, "added the player who wanted to" thank the club and the coaching staff that have made the incorporation possible in these exceptional circumstances. "

The pivot, who has not played since March 2019 due to foot problems, is committed to the Culé team until the end of the season. The aim is to prepare for the Tokyo Games, which would be his fifth Olympic event after Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016. So far he has achieved two Olympic silver and one bronze. In addition, he would become the oldest player to defend the men's team jersey. For now, only Laia Palau has played for Spain at the age of 40.

Gasol will be able to play the Euroleague and the Endesa League, since the transfer market in the European tournament did not close until February 24 (6:00 pm). His case is different from that of Thomas Heurtel, who, when starting the course in a Euroleague team (Barcelona), had until January 6 to be enrolled in another club of the highest continental competition.

In March 2019, when he belonged to the Milwaukee Bucks, Gasol suffered a torn navicular in his left foot, an area in which he was experiencing discomfort. Although he got engaged to the Portland Trail Blazers that summer, he was unable to make his team debut. He had to stop again, after relapsing from his injury, and has been exercising on his own ever since. In recent months he has posted videos of his private workouts showing his recovery.

Gasol, who will turn 41 on July 6, was selected number three in the 2001 draft by the Atlanta Hawks, although he ended up in the Memphis Grizzlies, with whom he was rookie of the year in his first season. In February 2007 he was transferred to the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he won two rings (2009 and 2010) with Kobe Bryant. In addition, he has also played for the Chicago Bulls (2014-16), alongside his Barça teammate Niko Mirotic, the San Antonio Spurs (2016-19) and the Milwaukee Bucks (2019). He has been a six-time all-star (starter in 2015) and twice chosen in the NBA's second quintet.

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