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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
# Player Bookings
13
2
16
23
17
12
5
21 64'
9
8
10
Coach: Manzano

Substitutes

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

Saturday 31 January

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11:07
11:01
10:45
09:45
03:52
03:42
03:40
02:40
01:49
01:10
00:53
00:14

Friday 30 January

23:56
23:32
23:19
23:08
22:21
21:09
20:41
20:24
20:10
19:34
19:22
19:15
18:55
18:33
18:18
18:04
17:46
17:29
17:21
17:08
16:41
16:20
16:04
15:56
15:37
15:29
15:22
15:21
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14:55
14:24
14:21
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13:55
13:52
13:44
13:39
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12:08
12:05
12:00
11:59
11:54
11:46
11:35
11:24
10:56
10:34
09:59
09:55
09:47
08:53
07:05
05:47
05:26
04:12
04:10
03:34
02:50
02:49
01:54
01:08
00:03

Thursday 29 January

22:15
21:41
21:23
21:02
20:50
20:47
19:42
19:28
19:27
19:08
18:17
18:14
18:05
18:02
17:41
17:26
17:14
16:46
16:26
16:16
16:12
15:57
15:52
15:48
15:37
15:14
14:59
14:44
14:07
13:36
13:31
13:21
13:00
12:34
12:16
12:13
12:01
11:19
10:19
09:58
09:43
09:40
05:48
04:32
04:00
03:41
03:11
02:24
02:24
01:49
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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 20 +51 51
2 20 +45 47
3 21 +23 47
4 20 +20 41
5 19 +11 39

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