Giuly joy at Barca extension
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ludovic Giuly says he wants to see out his career at Barcelona after signing a new deal.
After putting pen-to-paper on a contract extension at Barcelona, French star Ludovic Giuly has voiced his desire to see out his career at Camp Nou.
The French forward had been linked with an exit from the UEFA Champions League winners, with both Lyon and Liverpool rumored to be in the hunt, but has now committed his future to Barca by signing on until 2008.
Although Giuly's first team prospects have been harmed by the emergence of Argentine wonderkid Lionel Messi, the former Monaco man is still happy to have lengthened his stay in Spain and insists he never wants to leave Frank Rijkaard's side.
"Enjoying two more years with Barca is a dream," Giuly told the club's official website.
"I never thought about leaving Barca. I would like to see out my career here. I am happy in Barcelona and do not want to leave.
"We have a lot of games here, and we all have to play. I have no problem with Messi.
"I will have to work hard to get into the team and the decision ultimately comes down to the boss.
"I know full well that I am at a big club, and the team is the important thing. My mentality has changed."
Giuly penned the new deal on Wednesday at the offices of the reigning Liga champions, with his buyout clause set at é¼60 million (£42 million), and the tricky forward is eyeing further success under his Dutch coach next season.
"I am keen to win another title, and here we are starting again from scratch," Giuly continued.
"We have not won anything yet, and each year is going to be more difficult.
"But we want to show that we can retain the Champions League and Spanish Leagues that we won last season."
In their quest for further glory the Catalan outfit have added former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen to their ranks, and Giuly believes that the arrival of the Icelandic international is the only piece of business Los Cules need to do over the summer.
"He scored a lot of goals for Chelsea. It's great he is coming to Barca.
"I'm looking forward to working with him and finding out how he likes to play.
"We have all we need to challenge in all competitions. We are a fantastic group."
However, Giuly's joy at extending his deal has been tempered by his frustration at being left out of Raymond Domenech's World Cup squad as France have made the final, and the Barca star says he will be seeking an explanation from the coach after the tournament in Germany.
"I have not watched all that many games because it all upsets me.
"When the World Cup is over I will ask the manager why he didn't pick me.
"But for now, I prefer to keep quiet because I have friends in the French team and I have a lot of respect for them."