Eric Abidal has spoken of his delight at completing a move back to big-spending Monaco on a 12-month contract.
The Frenchman was released after six years with Barcelona having helped the Spanish giants to two Champions League triumphs and four La Liga titles in his time in Catalonia.
The left-back has also had to undergo surgery twice in recent years due to a tumour on his liver and only returned to action in March after more than a year on the sidelines.
Barcelona decided not to renew the 33-year-old's contract, leaving Abidal to find a new club and the former Lyon defender says a return to the club where he made his professional debut was a move he could not turn down.
"Bringing experience and helping the young players is what I have done (for) my whole career. I am very happy to be able to do it here," he said.
"Monaco is special to me; it is where it all started for me. It was my first choice."
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