Barcelona defender Eric Abidal returned to the Catalan training ground last week after an 8 month gap as the player was treated for a liver problem and underwent a successful Liver transplant operation. Appeared on television yesterday, the defender admits he is keen to get back in the field.
“I feel good,” the 33-year-old French international told Barcelona-based TV3 television.
“The truth is that it’s been a long time since they operated on me. It has been eight months and I have fought a lot and I carry on fighting,” said Abidal, who returned to training with the team last week.
“It is difficult but my spirits are still high and I am keen to fight and come back.”
Abidal had the liver transplant operation in April this year, just over an year after a tumour was removed from his liver last year. Though the player made his come back last week, the news was overshadowed by the announcement of Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova’s cancer problems. cancer had returned.
Talking about his manager, Abidal siad:
“Tito and I have lived through similar things, I imagine we think differently from the others, I don’t like to talk a lot but without saying anything he knows what I think and I know what he thinks, the player said. I make an effort for myself, but for him too. I never thought of stopping playing because football, apart from my family, is my whole life.”
And last week when the player was interviewed by the Olympique Lyonnais’s TV channel, when he openly admitted that not even the money that Psg will offer will lure him away from Barcelona
(PSG have) Maxwell and Mamadou Sakho who play as central defenders, so I think of them and I prefer to stay in Barcelona,’ he told Olympique Lyonnais’s TV channel.
‘It’s not just about me, it’s a decision I’ve made for my family too. My wife feels good here and my children have settled into the town.’