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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

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Thursday 28 April

23:59
23:51
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21:35
20:58
20:14
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19:27
19:17
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18:29
18:25
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14:00
13:56
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13:13
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12:16
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05:03
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03:15
03:09
02:33
02:05
02:05
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01:36
01:18
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Wednesday 27 April

23:56
23:53
23:35
23:22
22:39
22:08
21:21
20:22
19:13
19:01
18:51
18:22
17:11
16:12
16:09
15:53
15:45
15:39
14:29
14:13
14:04
13:27
12:48
12:37
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03:09
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01:29
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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 35 +73 82
2 35 +43 82
3 35 +72 81
4 35 +11 61
5 35 -6 57

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