Former Barcelona defender, Eric Abidal, says that he may still be playing for the Spanish champions had Pep Guardiola remained at the club.
Instead, the French international was jettisoned by the Blaugrana, and now plays for his boyhood club Monaco in Ligue 1.
In an interview with L’Equipe, Abidal says he remains in contact with Guardiola, with whom he has a good relationship.
But things have not ended so well with Barca as a club however.
Abidal maintains that Barca chose not to pay him while he was ill with cancer, and even though he eventually recovered, the La Liga giants let him go.
The way his Barca career came to an end left a bad taste in Abidal’s mouth, angered his team-mates, and left a lump in the throats of Barca’s global fan base.
"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 recalled of the last few months of his successful spell as a Barca player.
"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," he explained.
"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."
Meanwhile, regarding Bayern Munich manager Guardiola, Abidal added: "He's someone who appreciates me enormously and I'm still in touch with.
"He was a great coach. He's the one who gave me my chance. If he was still there, I may have continued [at the Camp Nou]."