Eric Abidal Hopes To Secure AS Monaco Deal

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Veteran defender still hopes to return to France.

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Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal is still hoping that he can secure a move to Ligue 1 new boys Monaco this summer, according to Sky Sports.

The 33-year-old was released from his contract with the Catalan giants at the end of last season that saw him make a remarkable recovery from liver cancer, just two years after having a liver transplant and he has reiterated his desire to carry on playing at the top level in his home country.

He has stated his preference of a return to the principality side, whom he left in 2002, though he also admitted that a move elsewhere in France would be a better choice than heading out to the MLS where the New York Red Bulls have shown an interest.

Abidal told radio station RTL: “I met the sport director (of Monaco), and everyone is worried.

“But everything is fine, I can do sport, but on contracts there are a lot of clauses.

“It will all depend on AS Monaco, even if it is my priority. I am optimistic for Monaco, but time is passing by and I have doubt, I would like things to accelerate.

“Coming back to Ligue 1 is my priority. I had contact with Claude Puel at Nice but also with New York Red Bulls.”

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