Abidal: No problem with Barca

Eric Abidal has denied there is any lingering ill-feeling towards Barcelona after his departure from the club in the summer.

Abidal left for Monaco after his Camp Nou contract expired but insists he does not hold anything against the Barca hierarchy.

“I have no problems with [Sandro] Rosell, [Andoni] Zubizrreta or Barca,” Mundo Deportivo reports him as saying.

“I have an open door to be general manager of the Barcelona football schools.”

Abidal underwent surgery on a tumour on his liver in 2011 and later a liver transplant in 2012 and returned to playing little over a year later.

Dani Alves offered Abidal part of his liver and the France international praised the Brazilian for his support.

“I have a lot of history with Alves. He was always by my side.

“I’m taking it year-by-year. I hope to play at the World Cup in Brazil.

“I have pills for life and treatment to see how the liver is. Life is very complicated but you have to enjoy it to the fullest.”

Abidal also had a message of support for his former Coach Tito Vilanova.

“Tito is a fighter. I hope he comes out of this. I pray for him every day and for all the people who are in hospital.”

Abidal could be joined at Monaco by former Barca teammate Victor Valdes next season, if the departing goalkeeper chooses the principality club.

“I always leave messages with Valdes to see how he is.

“He knows Monaco but nothing is certain.

“But if he have the dream of playing for Monaco we will welcome him with open arms. I will help him find a house near me.”

Abidal added that his decision to join Monaco was solely based on football.

“I’m very happy in Monaco. There are good people here.

“I’m playing every game. I just wanted to play.”

The winner of the Ballon d’Or is to be announced on Monday with Abidal’s former Barca colleague Lionel Messi one of the three contenders, as is Cristiano Ronaldo. Abidal however expects the prize to go outside La Liga.

“Ronaldo has amazing numbers but it must be for Ribery.”

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