Abidal Explains Reasons For Barcelona Departure

August 21, 2020
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Eric Abidal has taken to social media to explain his reasons why he decided to leave his position as sporting director at Barcelona.

Abidal left his position following Barcelona’s 8-2 humiliating defeat to Bayern Munich in the quarter-final of the Champions League.

President Josep Maria Bartomeu said earlier this week that it was Abidal’s decision to leave, and the 40-year-old has now explained his thinking.

“Over the last two years, I tried to make changes that I thought were very important for the first team. But, despite my conviction and persistence, I failed,” the former French international wrote on Instagram.

“This second goodbye brings to a close two years where I tried to work to make Barcelona better.

“Two intense seasons which I decided to bring to an end on my own accord. Whilst the board gave me a vote of confidence on Monday, I provided my resignation on Tuesday, waiving the rights to the final year of my contract with Barcelona.

“The moment has come to draw a line under the link between me and the club. Right now the club’s situation is complicated, but be in no doubt that I hope with all my heart that it will recover and that success soon returns just as this great club deserves.”

Ramon Planes has taken over from Abidal at Barcelona and spoke about the club’s future plans on Thursday.

“We want to build a project with young [players] and Messi. We are clear that we want to build a team of youngsters.”

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