Former Barcelona star Eric Abidal has revealed that Dani Alves offered to donate his liver, before he underwent surgery.
Abidal received a liver transplant last April, and his Brazilian ex-team mate had offered to donate part of his liver to the cause, before it was deemed improbable due to the repercussions it would have on Alves' playing.
It was eventually Abidal's cousin who provided enough of the organ to be sufficiently capable of ensuring the left-back a successful surgery.
Abidal though, who moved to Monaco after Barca decided not to renew his contract, has highlighted his close relationship with Alves, who has always given his utmost to pay respects to the Frenchman.
Alves adopted Abidal's old number 22 shirt in the wake of the 34-year-old's departure, but the Monaco man believes their connection goes way past that.
"My relationship with Dani goes much further than him taking my old No.22 shirt," Abidal said.
"When I had to undergo surgery, he offered to donate his liver.
"Of course, it’s completely out of the question because he is a professional footballer.
"Our relationship goes much deeper than friendship."
Abidal also revealed that Pep Guardiola had intended for him to join him at Bayern Munich, before a potential move was blocked by the German club's officials due to the full-backs medical history.
"Guardiola wanted me to join him at Bayern, I won’t deny that," Abidal said.
"What happened is that it’s not really up to him. It’s a complicated matter and more so because of my health issues."
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