Previous
Everton
Crystal Palace
7:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Real Sociedad
Real Betis
6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
RB Leipzig
FC Augsburg
6:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Stade Rennes
Guingamp
6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
PEC Zwolle
ADO Den Haag
6:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Houston Dynamo
New York City FC
12:00 AM UTC Oct 1, 2016
Game Details
Tijuana
Atlas
2:00 AM UTC Oct 1, 2016
Game Details
Next

Weekend Premier League predictions

Premier League
Read

Barca to reward Abidal

Barcelona are hoping to secure Eric Abidal to a new contract after praising his "excellent" performances this season.

Abidal, 31, has been in impressive form for the La Liga leaders, whether operating in his usual position of left back or filling in at centre back, as he did in the Champions League win over Arsenal on Tuesday.

The France international has not always looked at home in Barca's collection of superstars but with 18 months to run on his contract, he has convinced vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu of his value to the side.

"We will surely offer him a contract beyond 2013," Bartomeu told Ona FM. "He has made a change this year, a good player has become an excellent one."

Abidal, who was a member of the France squad that infamously went on strike during the 2010 World Cup finals but has since returned to the side, has also earned praise from les Bleus coach Laurent Blanc.

"On purely defensive level, he has always been one of the best French defenders. But he has greatly improved," Blanc told France Football. "What he achieved against Arsenal was exceptional."

Abidal joined Barcelona from French club Lyon in the summer of 2007.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.