Yesterday we learned that theFrench team decided to close its doors to players who signed in Russia or Belarus, as long as the Russian-Ukrainian conflict was ongoing. Sealing at the same time the fate of Louis Labeyrie and Livio Jean-Charles, recruited respectively by UNICS Kazan and CSKA Moscow.
As for Thomas Heurtel, in contact with Russian clubs (including Zénith Saint-Petersburg), he was also under the threat of exclusion from the selection. Especially since, unlike the Labeyrie / Jean-Charles duo, he is in the pre-selection of the Blues for theEuro 2022.
Finally, the day after this announcement, the 33-year-old leader revealed to RMC Sport that he had indeed signed the sworn statement now required by the tricolor federation. This stipulates that the players and members of the staff who sign it are not engaged and do not engage with a Russian or Belarusian club, for the duration of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Clearly, that he ” understand or not » and let it be « fan or not of this decision, Thomas Heurtel remains eligible for EuroBasket today. Even if, in the columns of L’Équipe, he remained evasive about his future.
” That’s not what I said [que les contacts avec les clubs russes n’étaient plus d’actualité]. I said that we will see in due time what I will do next season. »
Pending the return (or not) of Andrew Albicy in Vincent Collet’s group, Thomas Heurtel is in competition with Théo Maledon, Frank Ntilikina and Elie Okobo for one of the places of leader / rear of the Blues.