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Pau Gasol is already, officially, player of the FC Barcelona to all effects. After that from the club will be leaked to the media that the agreement was made, with his consequent anger, it was he himself who announced the news on social networks, with a message in Spanish, English and Catalan.
“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 make my skills and experience available to the club at a key moment of the season at the same time as I’m still progressing in my fitness level and I start to pick up the rhythm of the competition. I am happy to return to the club where I started and I am looking forward to this opportunity and hoping to contribute to the first team soon. I want to thank Barça and the technical team that has made my incorporation possible “, Gasol signs, along with a photo with the Culé kit.
Gasol’s goal is to get back in shape after a ordeal from a stress injury to his foot that has left him out of play for almost two years. The one from Sant Boi wants to put the finishing touch on his sports career in the Tokyo Olympics (if they are disputed), but for this you have to be 100% recovered.
In fact, as he himself points out in his letter, he is not yet ready to immediately join the discipline of Saras jasikevicius, with whom he shared costumes and titles (they won a ACB League and a Copa del Rey) 20 years ago.
On his return to the Palau. Gasol will wear a number that has already become his own: the number 16. It couldn’t be another.
Although from a very young age he belonged to the quarry, Gasol only played in Barcelona’s first team between 1999 and 2001, enough time to win two leagues and a Cup. The great jewel of Spanish basketball soon caught the attention of the NBA and was chosen with No. 3 in the 2001 draft to join Memphis Grizzlies. The rest, sports history: 18 NBA seasons, 1,362 games, two champion rings with Los angeles lakers and six participations in the All-star.