Abidal thinks the departure of Guardiola at the end of the 2011-12 campaign did little to help his chances of staying with Barca.
"Certainly (things would have been different had Guardiola stayed)," he said.
"He is a person who likes me a lot and with whom I am still in contact.
"He is a great coach and it was he who gave me my chance. If he had still been there, I may have been able to stay on."
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