Rubio Relieved Over Barca Move

03 September 2009

Ricky Rubio's divorce from DKV Joventut and his 3.5million euro move to Regal Barcelona this week means he is finally able to firmly focus on helping Spain go after the gold medal at this month's EuroBasket in Poland.

Rubio signed a six-year contract with the ACB champions, although there is a get-out clause which allows him to leave early for the NBA.

"I am happy that this is over before the EuroBasket," he said. "(National team coach) Sergio Scariolo spoke to me and gave me support, just as my teammates did because they saw me worried and the truth is that I was.

"It´s a great enthusiasm to know that you can go to the NBA but my thoughts are on Regal Barca and giving it my all."

The 18-year-old was selected fifth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in this summer's NBA Draft but wasn't able to buy out his contract at DKV, which led to strained relations between the player and the club.

"I would have preferred to have left Joventut with better relations than what it has been," he said.

When asked what it meant to be the most expensive signing in the ACB history, Rubio replied: "I wouldn´t value myself for such a high amount but if they have put their money on me, that must be that they trust me and I will prove what I can do on the court."

Spain will take on Serbia, Slovenia and Great Britain in Group C of the EuroBasket.

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