Real Madrid opens post-Lassism with the renewal of Llull

Sergio Llull enters the basket during a game. / Carlos Diaz (Efe)

The Menorcan point guard will continue to wear white for the next two seasons

Oscar Bellot

Two days after notifying the dismissal of Pablo Laso, the coach who signed one of the most glorious stages in its history, Real Madrid opens the post-Lassism by announcing the renewal of the player who best understood and exposed the fast-paced basketball that was the watchword of the great technician from Vitoria. Sergio Llull, captain since the retirement of Felipe Reyes and the man who, together with Laso, lifted the last Endesa League trophy, will continue to wear white for the next two seasons.

The Menorcan point guard and Real Madrid had agreed on the renewal for several weeks, as is also the case with Rudy Fernández, another of the pillars of the multiple successes achieved by the Chamartín team alongside Laso. But it was this Wednesday when from the 'white house' they made Llull's continuity official until June 30, 2024 in an attempt to turn the page after the controversy unleashed as a result of the dismissal of the coach, based, according to the club, on medical reports that advised against his return to the bench in September as a result of the heart problem that led to his hospitalization on June 5, but answered on Tuesday by Laso with a couple of messages on his Twitter account in which he assured that he has the approval good from the doctors to continue training at the highest level.

Sergio Llull dedicated some emotional words to the Basque coach a few hours before Real Madrid announced his contract extension. "I played for Pablo Laso's Madrid, and it was incredible. Thank you for helping to return this great team to where he deserved to be », the Balearic pointed out on his social networks.

The one from Mahón arrived at Real Madrid in 2007. Four years later, Pablo Laso landed on the Whites' bench and together they would form a golden tandem. The Balearic became the most applied executor of the libretto that the Basque transmitted from the band. Llull, who had already built a League under the orders of Joan Plaza in 2007, was one of the key pieces on which Pablo Laso's project pivoted, with which he returned the show to the old Palacio de los Deportes and which, in terms numerical, is summarized in the conquest of two Euroleagues, six Leagues, six Cups, seven Super Cups and one Intercontinental.

The harmony between Laso and Llull was absolute and, therefore, the Real Madrid captain made a moving gesture towards the coach on June 19. That day, after the Whites defeated Barça 81-74 in the fourth match of the Endesa League and sealed their thirty-sixth title in the regular tournament, the Balearic point guard approached the Basque coach, who had followed the match at the foot of the track, so that he would be in charge of lifting the trophy that came to reward a season full of setbacks. A way of thanking him for so many years of efforts to return Real Madrid to the top of European basketball.

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