In an interview with L’Equipe, Nando De Colo talks about what convinced him to commit to ASVEL.
This is a very big blow made by ASVEL. Last Thursday, the Betclic Elite club, which has just won a new title of champion of France, its third consecutive, formalized the arrival of Nando De Colo. If the French international leader (or back) is now 35 years old, he does not make his age a handicap, as he himself confided in The Team: “I am not in pre-retirement. »
“The contract is there, it must respect certain measures. But the most important thing is the projecthe explains. When I spoke with Tony (Parker), I told him that I also wanted a discussion with TJ (Parker, the coach) to find out how he saw things. That’s what I did. He explained to me how it worked, that also motivated me. If we go further in the reflection, there is also the fact of being able to express oneself daily in one’s language and to find familiar faces. »
“It was a surprise, clearly”
Nando De Colo has signed a two-season contract with Villeurbanne, whose president is none other than Tony Parker. However, the first contact with ASVEL was very recent: “It was quite late compared to those I had with other teams once the season was over. My agent got a call from Tony ten days ago,” he details.
Fenerbahçe resident since 2019, the former Choletais said he was surprised by such interest: “It was a surprise, obviously. We were in discussion with Fenerbahçe Istanbul and two, three other clubs. At that time, ASVEL had not positioned itself. But once things got going with her, it was speed. Tony had his plan in mind. There was no need to discuss the contract much. »