Pep Guardiola wants Barcelona star at Bayern Munich

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Pep Guardiola is keen to add Eric Abidal to the squad he will inherit at Bayern Munich, following the French defender's impending release by Barcelona.

Sky Sports reports how the 33-year-old was not offered a new contract at Camp Nou after the Catalan club deemed it 'too risky' to renew terms with a player that only recently recovered from a liver transplant.

Guardiola knows Abidal well from their time working together in Spain, and is ready to hand the veteran full-back a new opportunity at the Allianz Arena.

"Guardiola knows my situation and he would be delighted to have me on his team," the former France international told Telefoot. "But the director and the chairman of Bayern have their words on the matter too.

"I would be pleased to join Bayern. I have a very good relationship with Franck Ribery. Bayern is among the best in Europe.

"Everything is possible. Do I have a preference? I don't. But Bayern would be good."

Guardiola will succeed Jupp Heynckes at the helm of the Bundesliga giants, who claimed a dramatic league, Cup and Champions League treble in 2012/13.

But, despite the strength of the Bayern Munich squad, the Spaniard will almost certainly stamp his own authority on the team, by drafting in a number of new faces - that might include Abidal - when the transfer window reopens this summer.

"I don't know where I'll be playing next season yet," Abidal added. "But the most important thing is to have options, such as Monaco. This is a move that would allow me to go full circle in my career."



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