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Abidal disgruntled with Barca exit

May 30, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Eric Abidal has told a French radio station Barcelona's decision not to offer him a contract extension is "difficult to accept."

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GettyImagesEric Abidal has had a tumultuous career with Barcelona

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Abidal, 33, made a tearful announcement that his current deal will not be prolonged beyond this season, meaning Saturday's Liga game against Malaga will be his last for the club where he has won two Champions League trophies and four Spanish titles during a six-year stay.

After battling back from liver cancer and a subsequent transplant to return to the Barca first team in April this year, the former Lille and Lyon defender told RMC he had hoped the Catalan giants would allow him to see out his career at the Camp Nou.

"I didn't take a decision because when your contract isn't renewed, you don't have a choice," Abidal said. "The club's decision is difficult to accept because part of my battle was for my family but also for the club.

"I would have liked to have finished my career or had another year here at Barcelona. I respect the choice of the club, the staff and the board. I leave with six years of happiness, titles and good friends."