Barcelona defender Eric Abidal to make decision on playing career soon

Barcelona legend to decide on furthering career during press conference on Thursday. Barcelona defender Eric Abidal will announce at a...

Barcelona legend to decide on furthering career during press conference on Thursday.

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal will announce at a press conference at 13h00 (11h00GMT) on Thursday whether he is to stay at the club, either in a playing or ambassadorial role, or leave the Spanish champions come the end of the season.

Abidal, who made a remarkable recovery from a liver transplant to return to first-team action last month, is out of contract at the end of the season.

And according to Barcelona sports daily El Mundo Deportivo, Abidal has not been offered a new playing contract, but instead a role within the sporting structure of the club which he is free to take up immediately or whenever he has finished his playing career somewhere else.

After his return to first-team action Abidal had signalled his intent to continue playing for another couple of years should he continue to be in good health.

“The objective I had wanted was to end my career playing and if I feel fine and can continue for a year or two I will do,” he said after his first appearance for 14 months against Mallorca on April 6.

The Frenchman has made four appearances in total this season, but hasn’t been involved since a 2-2 draw against Athletic Bilbao on April 27.

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