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Abidal Denies Claiming De Ligt to Barca is Off

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A message appearing on the Instagram account of Barcelona’s director of football Eric Abidal had led supporters to believe that a deal to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax has fallen through.

It turned out to be the work of hackers, however, with the club’s former defender following up soon after to insist his account had been compromised.

The 39-year-old added the message “everything is possible”, presumably relating to the club’s hopes of completing a move for De Ligt.

And, while it had been difficult to ascertain if an Instagram post published on Abidal’s account was related to De Ligt, he has now insisted that his account was hacked.

The original post displayed an image of Netherlands and Barca great Johan Cruyff with the accompanying text: “El que dude de jugar en el Barcaya no nos sirve”. That translates in English to: “He who hesitates to play for Barcelona no longer serves us.”

The picture was then accompanied by the text: “Thank you Johan, you are right” alongside the image, leading to supporters commenting in reaction to the post that any move for De Ligt is now off.

But Abidal responded within an hour claiming his account was hacked, adding the text: “Hey, everything is possible, all the best now”.


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