Eric Abidal eager to get started with Monaco

A busy close season saw newly-promoted Monaco shell out a reported 144.5 million euros ($192 million) on new players, with Abidal adamant that a goal of qualifying for the Champions League was not unrealistic.

updated: August 07, 2013 17:57 IST
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Monaco: New Monaco signing Eric Abidal said he is ready to take on the captaincy role as Claudio Ranieri's side prepare to contend with defending champions Paris Saint-Germain for the Ligue 1 title.

Abidal, who only returned to competition in April following a liver transplant, re-joined the club with whom he made his professional debut 13 years ago in July after Barcelona opted not to renew his contract.

"I'm very happy. I'm ready and full of desire. I try to show that on the pitch," said Abidal, delighted to be back in action following his well-documented health scare.

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