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Abidal Wants Captain's Armband

Monaco coach, Claudio Ranieri, has a three-man shortlist of players he is considering to appoint captain for the club’s first season back in the French top-flight.

"I'm considering between last year's captain [Valere] Germain, [Jeremy] Toulalan or [Eric] Abidal," Ranieri said according to Soccernet.

"Abidal is coming from the Monaco academy."

Former Barcelona star Abidal recently returned to the club where his professional career began, and he says for the first time he is hungry to play with the captain’s armband.

And so the 33-year-old left-back is hoping that Ranieri will choose him to skipper Monaco this season.

"During my career, I've never tried to be captain. But I've changed," Abidal told L'Equipe.

"I have more experience and the coach wants to trust me. I speak Spanish and I want to help young people. If it means becoming captain, I will accept and take on the job without any problems.

"We have not yet spoken. I'm not against it; on the contrary, if the coach has confidence in me, I will make him feel it. This is very important; I think I can bear it. Now, only time will tell."

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