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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
8
5
21 64'
9
10
Coach: Manzano

Substitutes

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

Tuesday 30 June

20:00
19:27
18:00
17:57
17:49
17:05
17:04
16:31
16:26
15:32
15:04
14:48
14:42
13:07
12:57
12:32
12:20
11:59
11:43
11:06
10:51
10:10
09:54
09:02
07:15
06:21
06:01
04:38
04:13
03:36
03:27
02:26
00:50

Monday 29 June

23:58
22:38
22:08
21:47
20:57
20:10
19:48
18:07
18:03
17:42
17:40
16:42
16:32
16:05
15:56
15:11
14:03
13:57
13:39
13:11
13:09
13:05
12:40
12:32
12:07
10:46
08:44
05:14
04:25
04:06
03:49
03:17
03:13
03:13
02:46
02:39
01:49
01:05

Sunday 28 June

23:58
23:51
22:19
22:16
19:56
19:31
18:46
18:40
17:30
16:57
16:12
14:44
14:14
13:50
13:47
13:43
13:12
13:07
12:37
10:40
10:09
09:41
06:48
06:16
05:37
04:55
04:07
03:58
03:44
03:41
02:19
02:16
01:53

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +89 94
2 38 +80 92
3 38 +38 78
4 38 +38 77
5 38 +26 76

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