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Abidal announces retirement from football

Eric Abidal
Eric Abidal has ended his career. Credit: PA

Former France and Barcelona defender Eric Abidal has officially announced his retirement from football.

The 35-year-old has been playing this season with Greek side Olympiacos, but Saturday's game against Kalloni AEL will be his last as a professional player.

Abidal revealed he has had offers of non-playing roles with Olympiacos and Barca, the club he was playing for when he suffered a liver tumour in 2011 which affected the latter part of his career.

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QPR eye January loan signings - Redknapp

Harry Redknapp will have to deal in the loan market in January as he looks to bring in reinforcements at Loftus Road.

The QPR manager travelled to Malaysia during the week for a meeting with owner Tony Fernandes, flying out on Wednesday evening and returning early on Friday.

I went over to see Tony and Ruben (Emir Gnanalingam) - two of the owners. We had a good, positive meeting talking about players, new stadium, training ground. It was well worth going.

He's busy so I went over...we just discussed lots of different aspects of the club. We had a good day. It was interesting.

We're not looking to spend. If there's a loan or two out there we would be interested, that's where we are at. We spent some money in the summer, so we're not that far short.

Hopefully we can find another striker to add to the ones we've got already, so that's an area we are looking at.

In January it's always difficult to find players. We will see. There will be someone out there that can come and help us.

– Harry Redknapp

Defender signs new Southampton deal

Matt Targett
Matt Targett will be staying at St Mary's. Credit: PA

Matt Targett, the latest left-back off Southampton's production line, has penned a five-year deal with his boyhood club.

The 19-year-old has impressed since breaking into the first team this season, with his debut coming in August's Capital One Cup defeat of Millwall.

Targett has been rewarded with a new deal until 2019 at a club which has seen Gareth Bale, Wayne Bridge and Luke Shaw flourish after being given a chance at left-back.

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