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    It's been exactly 10 years ago since we signed Abidal from Lyon for €9m





    The entire video has English subtitles, so you can watch the whole thing if you're interested.

    Some quotes from the video I posted on Abidal's life before, during and after his time as a Barça player:

    On arriving at FCB

    “Adapting to life here wasn’t easy. First I had to learn the language and then get used to the schedule. Here lunches are later and matches can start at 10pm when in France by that time they are all pretty much over.”

    On Guardiola

    “Pep taught us a lot. He taught me to be calm on the pitch but also to be positionally intelligent … There were some very difficult training sessions when you had to face Xavi, Messi and Iniesta on the same side.”

    On great matches

    “The Clásicos were always different. The 6-2 win was a great result but what I most remember was the team spirit: working for each other and our star players made the difference.”

    (The semi-finals against Chelsea)

    “Iniesta, a player who never shoots, shot and it went into the top corner. I missed the final but we are in a team sport.”

    On his illness

    “When I was diagnosed with the illness I told my team mates not to worry. They needed to do their job and I would be back before the end of the season. In my head the most important thing was to get better and then to get back on to the pitch.”

    (On lifting the Champions League trophy at Wembley)

    “Carles Puyol told me to take the captain’s armband as I deserved it. He said he had spoken to the squad and the coach and everyone agreed. I was telling him not to but he convinced me. I remember lifting the cup but not the atmosphere, I was in my own little bubble.”

    On retirement

    “In my head no injury or illness was going to stop me going onto the pitch. It needed to be because I was tired not because of an illness. They told me there was a risk of relapsing and I slowly tried to get better. My wife wanted me to stop after Barça but she understands me now, I knew I was capable of playing for a couple more years.”

    On favourite memories

    “The best memory I have here is when I lifted the league trophy with Tito. Also, the last match I played here when I was able to bring my cousin out to the middle of the pitch. He deserved it. I managed to get a lot of people to applaud him and I think that represents what Barça is all about. More than a Club, more than a family.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Flaco View Post
    On favourite memories

    “The best memory I have here is when I lifted the league trophy with Tito. Also, the last match I played here when I was able to bring my cousin out to the middle of the pitch. He deserved it. I managed to get a lot of people to applaud him and I think that represents what Barça is all about. More than a Club, more than a family.
    It is a wonder he still has that impression after the treatment that was meted out to him by the stupid board!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aryagorn View Post
    It is a wonder he still has that impression after the treatment that was meted out to him by the stupid board!
    Overall he was treated very well. They were too quick to promises a new playing contract when came back and when did come to that point it wasnt really possible and he was offered another job.

    The idea he was treated like shit is massively over blown and doubt he would be back if felt as strongly about it as some do.

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