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Barcelona should have offered me a new deal - Abidal

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Former Barcelona left-back Eric Abidal has revealed his disappointment at not being handed a new deal at the La Liga champions.

Abidal, who signed for Ligue 1 side Monaco in the summer, was released at the end of last season after falling behind Jordi Alba in then Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova’s pecking order.

The Frenchman was determined to stay at the Camp Nou after a prolonged absence from the team - due to his battle with cancer - and he feels he should have been rewarded for his commitment to the side.

The 33-year-old, speaking to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, said: "I'm looking forward, always trying to be positive, looking for the bright side of things," he said.

"I would have liked to continue [at Barcelona] at least a year and then would see.

"I believe I deserved that for my effort and believe that I fooled no one. I'm in great shape. I have recovered and believe in my footballing future.

Abidal believes his new side - who were promoted to the top-flight of French football at the end of last season - are capable of challenging rivals PSG for the Ligue 1 title.

He added: Now I will give everything in Monaco and then in the future we'll see. We will take on PSG and [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, you'll see."

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