Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 7/8/13
Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal has signed for Monaco on an initial one-year contract. The former Barcelona defender joins the newly-promoted Ligue 1 side on a one-year deal, but the club will have the option of offering him an extra year when the current deal expires. The 33-year-old France international has been a free agent since June after Barca decided against offering him a new contract. Abidal's career has been heavily interrupted in recent years due to illness. He underwent surgery to remove a liver tumour in March 2011 but made a rapid recovery and was playing again before the end of the same season and started the Champions League final against Manchester United that year, which Barcelona won 3-1. However, in March 2012 it was announced Abidal needed a liver transplant, which he underwent in April of that year and kept him out of action for just under 12 months. He returned to training last December and made his long-awaited comeback on the pitch as a substitut...
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