Former Les Bleus of France defender Eric Abidal has explained the reason he left his role as Sporting Director of Barcelona, OJB Sport reports.
Abidal decided to quit the Catalan club on Tuesday on a mutual consent after the club head coach Quique Setien was shown the exit door.
The club President Josep Bartomeu stated that Abidal choose to work away despite all the team efforts to let him stay.
” Over the last two years, I tried to make changes that I thought were very important for the first team. But, despite my conviction and persistence, I failed. This second goodbye brings to a close two years where I tried to work to make Barcelona better.
“Two intense seasons which I decided to bring to an end on my own accord. Whilst the board gave me a vote of confidence on Monday, I provided my resignation on Tuesday, waiving the rights to the final year of my contract with Barcelona.
“The moment has come to draw a line under the link between me and the club.
Right now the club’s situation is complicated, but be in no doubt that I hope with all my heart that it will recover and that success soon returns just as this great club deserves,” Abidal wrote on his social media handle.
Ramon Planes has taken over from Abidal at Barcelona as the club announced former player Ronald Koeman as new head coach.