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Monaco's Abidal: Barcelona never paid me during transplant recovery

Eric Abidal has revealed Barcelona never paid him during his recovery from a liver transplant last year. Abidal had a year out of the game after undergoing surgery in April 2012 and returned to make a few appearances for Barcelona at the end of last season.

The 34-year-old joined Monaco in the summer but is still angry at the manner of his exit.

"What was hard to understand was what Barcelona said during my last press conference," Abidal told L'Equipe. "By saying that it was a professional choice, it made other clubs doubt. It wasn't even a question of money. The proof being that all the months I was ill, the club didn't pay me.

"Now I'm lucky to have the trust of the Monaco coach and president. It's true there was a time when I doubted myself."

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