Giuly revelation over Barca move
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barcelona's newest signing Ludovic Giuly has revealed his reasons why he left Monaco for the Catalan giants.
The French ace will be officially unveiled to the press on Monday after he has signed his three-year deal.
The two clubs agreed a fee of around é¼8million for the former Monaco skipper.
Giuly is the second big-name player to move away from Stade Louis II after fellow countryman Jerome Rothen left to go to Monaco's Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint Germain.
Giuly has, however, revealed that his preferred choice was to stay with Didier Deschamps's side but the two parties could not put together a contract which they both agreed on.
"I gave my priority to Monaco," Giuly explained to L'Equipe. "I was keen to extend the adventure.
"However it was impossible to come to an agreement so I was clear with my officials - I told them that I wanted to live a new experience somewhere else.
"It went off smoothly as Monaco and Barcelona found an agreement that pleased everyone.
"I spent some wonderful seasons here, notably with the national title, a League Cup and, of course, the wonderful UEFA Champions League run last season. But today I am happy to turn the page.
"I stated the country that attracted me the most was Spain so, when Barca showed an interest, I didn't hesitate for a long time. Things accelerated just after the Champions League final when we held talks and quickly came to an agreement.
"I had other contacts, but nothing as concrete as Barca. Anyway, could I have found something better? No, It is another dimension. I am at one of the greatest clubs in the world, a club within a higher category than what I knew before now.
"It is a very important step. I will have more pressure, but I am going there to make a name for myself."
The soon-to-be Azulgrana playmaker was injured after only 23 minutes of the Champions League Final between Monaco and Porto, in which goals from Deco, Carlos Alberto and Dimitri Alenichev shattered Giuly's dreams of lifting the trophy for Monaco.
Giuly has yet to fully recover from the groin injury he sustained during that game:
"Even if I feel better, I still have pain," he revealed. "At the start of next week, I will have a medical examination with the Barcelona doctors."