Abidal mulling over Barca offer
Eric Abidal is considering Barcelona's offer of a new deal but may not give an answer until the end of the year, according to his agent.
By Francisco Acedo & Giscard Gourizro
Last Updated: 05/09/11 12:06pm
Eric Abidal is considering Barcelona's offer of a new deal but may not give an answer until the end of the year, according to the defender's agent.
The Frenchman, 31, has been a key player for Barca since his arrival from Lyon in 2007 and lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy last season after recovering from surgery to remove a liver tumour.
He remains under contract until next summer but talks over an extension have yet to reach a resolution as there is a difference between what Abidal wants and what he is being offered.
While the full-back would like a new two-year deal to keep him at Camp Nou until 2014, Barca only appear to be willing to offer him a contract until 2013 with an option for a further 12 months if Abidal meets an appearance target.
Fresh reports have also surfaced to suggest that Paris St Germain are interested in signing Abidal on a three-year deal.
Abidal's agent, David Venditelli, insists that his client will take time to make a decision over his future.
"The player has not rejected Barca's offer for a new deal," Venditelli told Catalan radio station Ona FM.
"We want to study the subject with calm and at the end of the year I predict an answer will be given to the club."
The player himself also dismissed speculation over a move, saying: "I am in talks with Barcelona and every time there is talks other clubs want to show their interest, but Barcelona is my club and I am only talking to them and hopefully we will agree something."