Abidal: Pep might have kept me

Monaco defender Eric Abidal thinks he may still have had a future with Barcelona if Pep Guardiola had remained in charge.

Last Updated: 06/09/13 at 12:40 Post Comment

Eric Abidal: Joined Monaco in the summer

Eric Abidal: Joined Monaco in the summer

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

France defender Eric Abidal thinks he may still have had a future with Barcelona if Pep Guardiola had remained in charge.

The 34-year-old Abidal left the Catalan club at the end of last season after it was decided not to offer him a new contract, and he instead signed for Ligue 1 newcomers Monaco soon after.

Abidal spent a year on the sidelines during his time with the Primera Division champions as he recovered from a liver transplant conducted last April, having previously had surgery to remove a tumour in March 2011.

And although the player accepts Barca's decision not to extend his stay, he admits he still feels bitter about the way things ended.

"The problem was that I was out of contract," Abidal told French newspaper L'Equipe.

"In these cases, your contract is either renewed or it ends. I was prepared for both scenarios.

"It was tough to accept but you don't have a choice.

"What was difficult to understand was what Barcelona said during my final press conference. By suggesting it was a career choice, that made other clubs doubt (the situation).

"It was not even about money. The proof being that every month I was ill the club didn't pay me."

Abidal also thinks the departure of Guardiola at the end of the 2011-12 campaign did little to help his chances of staying with Barca.

"Certainly (things would have been different had Guardiola stayed)," he said.

"He is a person who likes me a lot and with whom I am still in contact.

"He is a great coach and it was he who gave me my chance. If he had still been there, I may have been able to stay on."

However, Abidal is now aiming to repay the faith shown in him by his new employers, saying: "My adventure with Barcelona is over but I'm very happy to have started another one with Monaco.

"I want to give back to Monaco what Monaco have given to me."


Sky Bet Free Bet Club: £10 free bet - £5 free every week


More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

M

eanwhile, England's best U21 players playing with those most likely to be in the senior team from 2020 onwards might increase their chances in those tournaments to a point where they could actually be potential winners. Unlike 2016.

shagwa
Wenger warns Hodgson

I

m not a doctor, but the cause is likely to be crap dancing after scoring. My prognosis is we may need to take that leg off.

GVMUFC
Rodgers reveals Sturridge woe

F

or the time being we just have to focus on the players we do have, Rodgers said. We have to make the best of what is available. Jesus wept!

rodger's gusset
Rodgers reveals Sturridge woe

Footer 365

Ligue 1: Lyon held by Bastia, Monaco grind out a point, Rennes climb

Lyon missed out on the opportunity to leapfrog Marseille in to second place in Ligue 1 as they were held 0-0 by Bastia.

Premier League: Arsene Wenger is frustrated by loss to Man United

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists his side should have got something from their 2-1 loss to Manchester United.

Premier League: Van Gaal stays grounded after first away win propels United into the top-four

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal played down his side’s first away win of the season at Arsenal.

Mail Box

A Funny Mail About Line Dancing & More

We have some great responses to young Jack's question about how readers first got into football. Plus, finally some intelligent thoughts on Dave Whelan's outburst...

United Fans Would Gladly Take Wilshere

That's the message to any Arsenal fans who don't appreciate the midfielder. Plus, plenty on everyone's current favourite football club chairman and a wee question about fandom...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property