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Israeli forward Lior Eliyahu moved to rule out a potential transfer to Maccabi
Tel Aviv on Wednesday, a day after he played a significant part in Caja
Laboral’s stunning sweep of Barcelona in the Spanish league finals. Eliyahu
scored an impressive 18 points as the team from Vitoria won 79-78 in Game 3 to
complete a 3-0 series victory over this season’s Euroleague champion.
was Caja Laboral’s third league title in its 51-year history, having previously
claimed the honor in 2008 and 2002.
Since David Blatt made clear his
intentions to improve the level of Israeli players on the Maccabi Tel
roster after taking over as coach on Friday, Eliyahu has been linked
return to Israel.
However, the jubilant 24-year-old stressed that he
signed a four-year contract with the Spanish club last summer and is
follow Tal Burstein back to Tel Aviv.
“I have another three years on my
contract with Caja and no one has told me otherwise,” he told
Despite having won the Israeli league title three times with
Maccabi Tel Aviv, Eliyahu said he felt winning the Spanish league was
greatest achievement of his career.
Maccabi is currently rebuilding after
losing the BSL title last month.