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Abidal pushes for Barca renewal

12 April 2013 08:17

Veteran Eric Abidal, out of contract at the end of this season, has told Barcelona he wants to finish his career with the club.

The 33-year-old made an emotional return to Camp Nou last weekend, having missed a year of football as he recovered from a liver transplant.

The defender came on for Gerard Pique in the 70th minute of the 5-0 victory over Mallorca, receiving a standing ovation from supporters.

And Abidal feels he has earned the right to keep playing for Barca after fighting his way back to full fitness.

"This is a message for the club: it is true that my contract ends in June but I fought back and I want to keep playing, I want to finish here, I want to play but I'll decide my future," he told reporters.

When asked about recovering from his illness, the defender simply replied: "I had help from a lot of people, my family, colleagues and the surgeon. The doctor told me 'you will continue with your normal life', and my life is football."

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5 - 0

Competition
Primera División
Date
6 April 2013
Game week
30
Kick-off
22:00
Half-time
4 - 0
Full-time
5 - 0
Venue
Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Attendance
65127

Goals

Fàbregas 20'
(assist by A. Sánchez) 
1 - 0
2 - 0
Fàbregas 37'
(assist by A. Sánchez) 
3 - 0
A. Sánchez 38'
(assist by Fàbregas) 
4 - 0
Fàbregas 46'
(assist by Iniesta) 
5 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
2
3
15
19
4 20' 37' 46'
8
25
11
9 22' 38' 75'
37
Coach: Tito Vilanova

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
12
27
22
7
16
18
31
# Player Bookings
19
22
11
18
24
25
27

Sunday 7 February

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Saturday 6 February

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14:15
13:47
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12:54
12:36
12:23
11:53
11:28
11:09
11:00
10:34
09:36
08:53
08:46
08:42
07:47
06:20
05:54
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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 22 +39 54
2 23 +23 51
3 22 +44 47
4 23 +11 45
5 22 +8 36

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