In an interview in GQ recently, Rudy Fernandez explained that he never considered leaving Real Madrid despite the fact that there were “talks” over the summer.

There were strong rumours that Fernandez would return to the U.S but he says it was never truly an option in his eyes due to the fact that Real Madrid has given him so much in the last number of years.

“At no time did I consider leaving Madrid. I know that Madrid has given me and my family a lot. I’ve been at the club for five years and I am delighted with the team, with the project, with the new infrastructure we have, and staying was always my first choice. The most important thing is that my family and I are comfortable,” he says in a wide-ranging interview in GQ.

Rudy Fernandez

It seems this is the general consensus amongst other players too as Andres Nocioni recently said, “We have a top level squad, we are highly competitive and I reckon that we are going into this slightly fresher than last year. That is a key factor for a team that wants to win all of the competitions it enters.”

The 31-year-old Fernandez joined the club in 2012 following a year at the Denver Nuggets that ended with a back injury. He was selected 24th overall in the 2007 draft but never played for the team who drafted him. Real Madrid will look to compete heavily both domestically and in the EuroLeague.