Barcelona have unveiled Eric Abidal as their new technical secretary.
Abidal replaces Robert Fernandez, whom the Catalan side decided against renewing his contract, and he will now work hand in hand with the club’s general manager, Pep Segura in the search for future players. On Antoine Griezmann’s resistance to move to the Camp Nou from Atletico Madrid, Abidal said: “The decision was his and I don’t want to enter into a debate or discussion about it.
“There are two options, either yes or no and we aren’t here to talk about one player’s choice, only to put together a good squad.” Barcelona already have French players including Ousmane Dembélé, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne.
Abidal was a Barça player for six seasons, from 2007 to 2013, which he won LaLiga (4), Copa del Rey (2), UEFA Champions League (2) and more honours including UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Supercopa de España. “It is a pleasure for me to return to Barcelona, it is my second home, and I want to thank the club for giving me the chance in such an important position,” Abidal added.
“I’m sure that we’re all going to do great together. I think that in addition to my experience in the world of football, I know squads and players’ attitudes very all.
“Above all, given the values I have, I try to share those with players and the coach and help us have a competitive team.”
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