Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal has admitted that gaining a recall into the French national side was not a priority following his release from Barcelona.
The Catalan giants opted not to offer Abidal a new contract despite the defender insisting that he had proved his fitness having returned from his long term health issues.
The 33-year-old was diagnosed with a tumour in his liver and was forced to go through surgery back in 2011.
Remarkably, just a few months later, the former Lyon man was lifting the Champions League trophy having played the full 90 minutes against Manchester United at Wembley.
However, a year later, Abidal had to have a liver transplant due to unresolved issues from the previous problem.
By April 2013, he had made another astonishing comeback to the Barcelona team.
It failed to earn him a new contract though, and instead, he rejoined former club Monaco 11 years after initially leaving.
The club have been bankrolled by billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, making them one of the richest clubs in the world.
Following his Monaco homecoming, Abidal returned to the national side having been picked by manager Didier Deschamps.
However, Abidal admitted a return to 'Les Bleus' wasn't a priority given his serious ailments.
He told L'Equipe: "When things ended with Barcelona, I was not thinking about France. My first thought was to find a club.
"But from the moment that you become eligible for selection, you have to start believing.
"You live day to day. You can be in great shape and all of a sudden have a tumour. Today, I take time for my family and friends because anything can happen so fast."
France take on Georgia tomorrow before travelling to Belarus for World cup qualification.
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