After an experience in the NBA and then a stint at Real Madrid, Petr Cornelie will find the Betclic Elite under the colors of Monaco. The strong winger signed for three years in favor of the champion of France.
Petr Cornelie will return to the French championship two years after leaving it. After completing his training at Le Mans, the club where he made his professional debut in 2013, the strong winger then wore the colors of Pau for two seasons between 2019 and 2021 before taking the plunge into the NBA with the Denver Nuggets. However, the adventure did not last more than four months.
After bouncing back last season under the colors of Real Madrid, winner of the Euroleague last May, the 27-year-old has officially signed for Monaco for the next three years. The Calais native will have the heavy task of replacing Chima Moneke in the squad led by Sasa Obradovic. Indeed, the Nigerian international decided to join Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz after finishing the season in the colors of the “Roca Team” following his departure from the Sacramento Kings.
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✍️ AS Monaco is pleased to announce the signing for the next three seasons of the French international pivot (27 years old, 2m11) from Real Madrid ⚡️
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“I want to be a major player”
In an interview with the official ASM website, Petr Cornelie assures that the Principality club is in his eyes “the most interesting team today”. “They have shown a progression over the last few years which is really beautiful. It’s a growing, winning club, he added. Honestly, this choice was obvious to me. Whether it’s with the title and the Final Four, it’s beautiful to see. »
The player with ten selections with the France team arrives in Monaco with ” the ambition to seek the Euroleague » and to derive more satisfaction from it than the title acquired a few months ago with Real Madrid. ” I really have this spirit of revenge about it. I want to be a major player, says Petr Cornelie. I also wanted to join a very competitive team, which plays at the highest European level. Monaco has followed me for several years now. This desire is very appreciable, to see that a team is behind, to follow your performances. “It will also be an opportunity for him to show himself for Paris 2024, he who was not selected by Vincent Collet for the next World Cup.