The French defender underwent liver transplant last April and missed the 2012 European Championship. He returned to make a few appearances, before he left for Monaco this summer, after his contract expired at the Nou Camp.
“The problem was that my contract was coming to an end. In that case, either it’s renewed, either it ends. I was prepared for both,” Abidal told sports daily L’Equipe. “It was hard to accept but you don’t have the choice. The adventure with Barcelona is over, but I’m very happy to have started another one with Monaco.
“What was hard to understand was what Barcelona said during my last press conference. By saying that it was a professional choice, it made other clubs doubt.
“It wasn’t even a question of money. The proof being that all the months I was ill, the club didn’t pay me. Now I’m lucky to have the trust of the Monaco coach and president. Touch wood, everything’s fine. But it’s true that there was a time when I doubted myself.”
Abidal has featured for the entire 90 minutes of every league game Monaco has played so far.