Abidal: Alves offered me his liver
Monaco defender Eric Abidal has claimed former team-mate Dani Alves offered him his liver.
The French international discovered in 2011 that he needed a liver transplant, with Alves making the gesture to assist.
“My relationship with Alves goes beyond friendship,” stated Abidal on Catalunya Radio.
“He offered to donate to me his liver. Of course he could not give it to me as he is a professional athlete.
“It was very touching that he wanted to be my donor, he is a great person.
“Our relationship goes much deeper than friendship.”
Abidal and Alves were team-mates at Barcelona for five seasons before the former returned to France this summer.