‘Quitting La Real would be a betrayal’

Gero Rulli has said he would have been a traitor if he had quit Real Sociedad for another team after a summer of speculation.

The goalkeeper was strongly linked to Valencia despite reports saying another loan period had already been agreed with La Real.

Rulli’s rights belong to Club Deportivo of Uruguay but are controlled by a third party, who were said to want him to go to Mestalla.

“June was an unusual month but it’s all over and I’m already thinking about the season with La Real and hoping to improve on what we did last year,” the goalkeeper said, AS reports.

“As expected, the training is very hard. We’re preparing the right way. We knew what it would be like and we said so at the end of the season before going on holiday. The truth is we’re happy with it and when the League starts, it will be noticed.

“There was a lot of talk [about his future] and I was aware of everything that was happening. I knew what was being said and my idea was always the same. I gave my word to La Real and I would have betrayed them if I didn’t stay.

“I never intended to just come here for one year. I have great teammates and friends. When my contract [at Club Deportivo] ends, why not come here?

“We want to improve on what’s been done in the past, try to get to a Cup final. For me, I want to represent my country and I’ll work to get that call.”

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