Eric Abidal: Dani Alves offered Barcelona team-mate his liver

Eric Abidal and Dani Alves

Ex-Barcelona defender Eric Abidal has revealed former team-mate Dani Alves offered him part of his liver when the Frenchman needed a transplant.

Abidal, 34, who now plays for Monaco, was diagnosed with a liver tumour and underwent an operation in March 2011.

He had a transplant in April 2012 with part of an organ donated by his cousin.

"When I had to undergo surgery, Dani wanted to donate his liver," said Abidal in an interview with Spanish radio station Catalunya.external-link

"Logically, he couldn't because he is a professional footballer."

Abidal made a playing comeback in April 2013 after his liver transplant, but was released by Spanish champions Barcelona in the summer.

Brazil right-back Alves, who was Abidal's team-mate at the Nou Camp for five seasons, decided to wear the France international's old number 22 shirt following his return to Monaco.

Abidal added: "The story with Dani goes beyond the jersey. He knows it. Me too. We are friends and we talk about everything. He wanted to support me.

"And besides, he's a very good person. He was my neighbour and his ex-wife and my wife are friends."

Abidal also tweeted:external-link "Thanks brother" alongside a picture of himself and Alves playing for Barcelona.