“As payment”: Adrien Moerman is officially a player of Zenith St. Petersburg

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Adrien Moerman, released six days ago by AS Monaco, will return to Russia: the former Roca Team captain has signed a contract with Zenith St. Petersburg.

By agreeing with Zenit St. Petersburg from last week, Adrian Moerman He managed to complete the last formality that prevented him from signing a contract with a Russian club: getting a visa. As a result, almost a month after his last appearance for Roca Team (three minutes against Zalgiris Kaunas on February 29), he was one of the disappointments of the first part of the season (6.3 points in Betclic ELITE – 38%, 2.9 points). 24%) in the Euroleague, one of the sensational transfers of the summer, the two-time European champion has signed a contract with the current third in the VTB League until the end of the season.

“I am very happy to be here now,” he said in the official statement of “Zenit”. “Firstly, because I will be able to finish the season, and secondly, because I don’t play basketball for three weeks. Basketball means a lot to me, so I’m happy now. I thought about Zenit’s offer for about an hour. When I found out that I could finish the season in St. Petersburg, I immediately said yes to my agent. I know how difficult it is to find a team during the season, especially when the transfer window closes in the Euroleague. That’s why I said yes when Zenit called.

This opportunity to end the year is a kind of redemption for me, parc i want to play. I called Thomas Heurtel and asked how he was doing. He said that everything is fine, the organization is excellent. I needed to hear it, so I called. I know that Xavi Pascual is a great coach and Jordan Lloyd, who is currently at Monaco, spoke highly of him. Spanish coaches always have a high basketball IQ, which made my decision easier. I didn’t think too much, I’m happy to be here. I hope that I can be a piece of the puzzle that will win Zenit the championship. »

He is the fourth French player to develop in Russia this season after Adrien Moerman, Thomas Heurtel, Livio Jean-Charles (CSKA Moscow) and Louis, who has already left behind Spain (Bilbao, Barcelona) and Turkey (Banvit, Darüşşafaka, Anadolu Efes). Labeyrie (UNICS Kazan). A number that, despite its context, has never been higher. Despite the geopolitical situation and the exclusion of all European competitions, proof that Russian clubs have the solid financial power to attract big names to VTB…


January 26, 2023 at 2:27 am

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