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Eric Abidal has taken to social media to explain why he decided to leave his position as sporting director at Barcelona.

The sporting director has followed Quique Setien out.

The Frenchman has followed manager Quique Setien in departing the Camp Nou in the wake of the club’s humiliating Champions League exit.

President Josep Maria Bartomeu said earlier this week that it was Abidal’s decision to leave, and the 40-year-old has now explained his thinking.

Eric Abidal insisted that he tried his hardest to make Barcelona a better-run football club but fell short in an open letter released following his resignation as technical director on Tuesday. 

Abidal, who as a player at Camp Nou became a firm favourite, rejoined the Catalans in 2018 as the successor to Robert Fernandez in the role. 

But his tenure coincided with a run of mixed results for the Blaugrana and severe criticisms of the club’s transfer policy, while Abidal was also questioned for a public exchange with captain Lionel Messi earlier in 2020 after appearing to criticise the team’s work-rate following the departure of Ernesto Valverde. 

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Ramon Planes has taken over from Eric Abidal at Barcelona and spoke about the club’s future plans on Thursday during Pedri’s unveiling. The new technical director said: “We want to build a project with young [players] and Messi. We are clear that we want to build a team of youngsters.”

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