Barca ace claims Manchester City interest

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal has claimed that Manchester City are interested in making a move for him, as he is out of contract in the summer.

The France international defender has yet to renew his current deal with the European champions, and has left the door open for a move away from the Catalan giants.

The big spending Premier League club are not the only interested party according to the left-back, who has eyed two more years at the top level.

“There are some clubs interested, like Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Manchester City,” the 32-year-old told RMC Sport.

“At the moment there are no concrete offers. I can’t say any more. I have so much respect for Barca but if I don’t reach an agreement, the door is open.

“I believe I have the legs to go on for two more years. I have an international objective. We have qualified for Euro 2012, which is good, but I am also looking at the 2014 World Cup,” he concluded.

Abidal recovered from a liver tumour last year to feature in the tail-end of Barcelona’s victorious Champions League and La Liga campaigns, but is no longer guaranteed an automatic starting berth in Pep Guardiola’s team.

A move by City would seem unlikely however, as they currently have both Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov in Abidal’s position.

By Gareth McKnight