Eric Abidal has opened up on his exit from his Sporting Director role at Spanish giants Barcelona. 

In an open letter to the club, the former French defender, who featured for the Catalans, said he decided to walk away after ‘failing’ to make the club ‘better’. 

The defender replaced Robert Fernandez in 2018, but his time coincided with a run of mixed results that saw the managerial role handled by a number of individuals of the two-year period.

The latest was Quique Setien, who was sacked eight months into his job following a first trophyless season for the club since 2007/08. 

“Over the last two years, I tried to make changes that I thought were very important for the first team,” Abidal explained. 

“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.”

Ronald Koeman was appointed to take over from the sacked Setien, with the former player expected to take the club back to the top once again. 

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