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Abidal: Barca Didn't Pay Me During Illness

  • AS, Friday, September 6, 2013 12:31 PM

AS Monaco defender Eric Abidal has claimed that his former club Barcelona did not pay him while he was recovering from a liver transplant that kept him out of action for a year. In an interview with L’Equipe, the Frenchman, who left Barca when his contract expired this summer, said:  “It’s difficult to understand what Barcelona said during my last press conference. My departure wasn’t a question of money: the clearest proof is that during all the months I was ill, the club didn’t pay me.”

He added that his time at Barca might have turned out differently if former coach Pep Guardiola had remained in charge.With Pep, the situation would have been different, of course,” he said. “Guardiola is someone who really appreciates me and I’ve stayed in touch with him. He’s a great coach; he gave me my opportunity. If he had stayed at Barcelona, maybe I could have continued.”

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