Tearful Eric Abidal ends Barcelona playing career

Abidal, 33, returned to first-team action last month after making a remarkable recovery from last year's liver transplant, prompted by cancer.

updated: May 30, 2013 18:18 IST
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Barcelona: A tearful Eric Abidal called an end to his six-year Barcelona playing career on Thursday, less than two months after returning to action from a liver transplant.

"I am going, but I am sure I will be back" in another capacity, the French defender told a news conference at the club, which said it had offered him a role running the club's training schools.

"I would have liked to continue playing for Barca, but the club sees things differently and I have to respect that, Abidal said, choking back tears.

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