La Liga giants Barcelona have announced Eric Abidal as the new sporting director at the club. The former Barca star played almost two centuries of games in six years after moving to Spain from Lyon. He won two Champions League, four league titles, two Copas del Rey, two Super Cups and two World Cups. Whilst at the Catalan giants, he was diagnosed with cancer and had to do a liver transplant in 2012. He eventually moved to AS Monaco the following year.
Abidal blasted the Barcelona management whilst in France, pointing accusing fingers at SandroRosell and the rest of the Barca board for the way they treated him up until his departure. Barely two years later, Abidal joined the campaign of Joan Laporta for president with him being promised sporting director but the bid failed.
Sky Sports transfer expert Guillem Balague has said that Barcelona are ahead of Manchester United in the pursuit of Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann. The France international came on the brink of joining the Red Devils in the summer, but Atleti’s failure to lift their transfer embargo saw him stay put for the season.
Since then, he has been regularly linked with the Mancunian giants, but Balague has brought a fresh twist to the transfer story. Balague has been following Barcelona’s interest in Griezmann for a while and in a Q&A session on Sky Sports, the Spaniard revealed that club president Josep Bartomeu has held close contact with the player’s family.