Eric Abidal has made it abundantly clear to Lyon that he will not turn down a move to Barcelona.
Abidal has responded to indications from Lyon that they want him to stay on┬áfollowing the arrival of Alain Perrin.
"Our left side is the envy of all Europe," Perrin had┬ásaid to┬áthe club's official website, speaking of his desire to keep Malouda and Abidal.┬á
"I will call them┬á[Malouda and Abidal] to know how much they want to leave. From those discussions, we'll see if they want to stay with us."
Abidal has reiterated that he┬áwill not ignore┬áBarcelona's offer.
"I do not have anything against Alain Perrin, or against Olympique Lyon, but the opportunity, at┬á28 years of age, of a new adventure in Barcelona cannot be┬áturned down," he said.
The comment comes on the back of┬áreports in L'Equipe this morning,┬áof Lyon having turned down Barcelona's offer.
A source close to┬áthe player┬áwas quoted revealing the same, but also that there was no way Lyon would be able to hang on to the French international left-back.
"President Aulas did not like the offer," said the source. "However, we know that there will be an agreement.
"Barcelona love Eric and Eric wants to move to┬áBarcelona. I do not see any way┬áin which┬áOlympique can convince him to stay.
"Barcelona have not assured him a starting spot, but the basic issues have already been agreed."
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