30 May, 2013 - 12:58

Eric Abidal set to leave Barcelona

Eric Abidal set to leave Barcelona

Eric Abidal confirmed he will be leaving the club after his contract expires next month.

The 33-year-old former France international, who managed to fight back from liver cancer and liver transplantation to continue playing, hoped La Liga side offers him new deal. However he revealed at the press-conference, that his stay at Camp Nou comes to an end as soon as his contract expires in June.

Abidal made an emotional return during Barcelona 5-0 thrashing of Mallorca in April, replacing Pique with 20 minutes to go. Two weeks later left-back played full 90 minutes against Levante. However his age, health problems and lucrative contract made the decision to part ways with him easy.

Abidal said at the press-conference: “I would have like to have stayed and played on at Barcelona but the club saw it differently and I have to respect their decision. I hope to return because it is a club (that is) very special to me.”

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Author: Basil Naumov

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