Abidal ‘grateful for Monaco trust’

Eric Abidal has reflected on his return to Monaco this summer and on how the French side are ‘trusting him’ after his recent health issues.

The 33-year-old, who was released by Barcelona after six years at the Camp Nou, was confirmed today as having agreed an initial one-year deal to return to the club that he had a two-year spell at over a decade ago.

“It’s a return to my beginnings and I am very happy to be back after 13 years,” Abidal told reporters at his presentation.

“Now the conditions are very different – the club has evolved a lot and is working hard to reach the elite.

“I am very excited. To me, this is amazing. After all that I have experienced, it was very difficult for a club to trust me again.

“The first game will be very special. Right now I have many fond memories. I want to help write a page in Monaco’s history. I’m going to try and bring my experience and help to the younger players.”

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