Monaco captain Eric Abidal has spoken out against his former employers Barcelona in an interview with French daily L'Equipe.
Abidal discusses his relationship with Barcelona, Pep Guardiola, France and Monaco, but the most interesting comment of the interview is that in which he claims he went unpaid during the two years he was out ill and underwent a liver transplant.
He told the French daily: "All of the months I was ill, the club didn't pay me."
Barcelona, however, have been said to have paid the Frenchman's salary religiously during his time off.
It is reported by ara.cat that Barcelona paid the necessary proportion of Abidal's salary that was required by Article 33. The article required the club to pay the amount of his salary that, when combined with Social Security payments, would take Abidal's income to it's normal amount.
From April onwards, when Abidal had obtained medical clearance, FC Barcelona paid him his full salary as normal.
The club is currently in contact with their former defender to seek clarification before talking to the media about the issue.
Abidal also talks about his departure from the club in the interview and says he was disappointed that the club said it was their "professional choice" to let him go.
He says he felt let down by that comment being made public as it made other clubs doubt his capabilities when he was searching for a new one.
Abidal ended up with Monaco - where he has played every minute of their Ligue 1 campaign so far. He is also expected to play for France in their World Cup qualifier in Georgia.
Asked if things might have worked out differently if Guardiola had still been at the Camp Nou, he said: "Certainly."
Abidal believes that the current Bayern Munich boss appreciated him more and says that he might still be with the club had the Catalan stayed in charge.
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