Victor Valdes has admitted his desire to leave Barcelona when his contract expires in the summer and highlighted AS Monaco as a possible destination, reports Goal.com.
The Blaugrana goalkeeper confirmed speculation that he will leave the Catalan club, after making more than 500 appearances to date, winning six league titles and three Champions League trophies.
Valdes stressed that the time is right to move on, and added he is looking for a fresh challenge outside of La Liga, also saying he is tempted by the opportunity to play in Ligue 1 and, in particular, league leaders AS Monaco.
"Ligue 1 attracts me a lot - Monaco or elsewhere in France," the 31-year-old told Telefoot. "This is one of my options. [My future] is in the hands of my representatives. But Monaco is a good option.
"I know that Abidal is very happy at Monaco and I am good friends with him. I consider him a brother. He is an example as a human being. To go back and play at his side again could be very special."
Abidal can prove to be a big part in Valdes' transfer and can help Monaco a lot in the hunt of the Spaniard.
"I have a contract until the end of the season," the Spanish shot-stopper said.
"I spent over 20 years at the club. I had the chance to win everything, but now my adventure at the club ends. It is time for me to find new goals and find a new destination."
If Valdes were to join Claudio Ranieri at Stade Louis II, it would see the 31-year-old reunited with former team-mate Eric Abidal in France, with the former Barcelona defender now captain of Monaco.
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