Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Abidal dreamt of Monaco return

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 9 Jul 2013

4 Views

Veteran defender Eric Abidal says he ‘always’ aimed to return to Monaco towards the end of his professional career.

Abidal made his senior professional debut for Monaco in September 2000 and went on to play 26 matches for the club from the principality before stints with Lille, Lyon and Barcelona, plus 61 appearances for France.

The 33-year-old defender has now come full circle and said on Monday at his unveiling he had declined offers from other clubs to return to Monaco.

“I started to play for Monaco at the age of 19,” Abidal said.

“My goal has always been to return to Monaco, I have great memories.

“I am very happy to be here and to have the confidence of the president.

“Many people had doubts about me, talking about my health.

“Today I am very happy to be here and healthy.”

Abidal has battled cancer over the past two years and had a liver transplant last year.

Despite having been told by doctors he could still play football after the operation, there had been plenty of speculation Abidal would retire when his contract with Barcelona expired.

But the left-sided and central defender was not ready to end his career just yet and is thrilled Monaco have given him an opportunity.

“My choice was easy, this let me come back to where I started to play,” Abidal said.

“I really had the ambition to continue playing football after Barcelona and I fought for it.

“Monaco was my number one choice, even though I had offers from other clubs.”

Abidal is Monaco’s ninth signing since the seven-time French league champions were promoted to Ligue 1 at the end of last season.

Monaco have signed Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid, ex-Porto pair James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho, former Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho and veteran midfielder Jeremy Toulalan from Malaga.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SoccerNews

Soccernews.com is news blog for soccer with comprehensive coverage of all the major leagues in Europe, as well as MLS in the United States. In addition we offer breaking news for transfers and transfer rumors, ticket sales, betting tips and offers, match previews, and in-depth editorials.

You can follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/soccernews.com or Twitter: @soccernewsfeed.

SHARE OR COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE

WE RECOMMEND

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar
 
smilegrinwinkmrgreenneutraltwistedarrowshock???cooleviloopsrazzrollcryeeklolmadsad!?ideahmmbegwhewchucklesillyenvyshutmouth
wpDiscuz
Live Scores

advertisement

Betting Guide Advertisement

advertisement

  • Football_888sport betting
Become a Writer
More More
Top