Barcelona defender Eric Abidal insists it never crossed his mind to quit football during his fight to recover from a liver transplant.
Abidal returned to training with his Barca team-mates last week, eight months after undergoing his transplant operation.
The Frenchman, who previously had surgery to remove a tumour from his liver in March 2011, has not played for Barca since last February but the 33-year-old has never given up hope of making a comeback.
"I feel good. I'm eager to fight and to return. At times it was tough when I woke up in the morning, but little by little I've trained with the aim of returning and this helped me," he said in an interview on Catalan television channel TV3.
"I never thought about stopping playing because football, apart from my family, is my whole life."
He added: "I really wanted to start kicking the ball again. I knew that once I'd touched it again, the path to recovery was a little shorter.