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Abidal urges Valdes to move to Monaco: I have a room for him in my house

Eric Abidal has issued an open invitation to former Barcelona team-mate Victor Valdes to come and join him and Monaco this summer.

The Spain international is out of contract at the end of the season and has already stated that he will not be signing an extension.

Consequently, Abidal, who made the move from Camp Nou to the Stade Louis II last year, is hoping that Valdes follows him to Monte Carlo.

"If Valdes has the dream to come and play in Monaco, I will welcome him with open arms," the defender told Cadena SER.

"I have a room for him in my house and I will help him find a house near me!"

Abidal also insists that he holds no ill-will towards Barcelona, even though he was keen to extend his stay in Catalunya.

"I'm very happy in Monaco," he enthused. "There are a lot of good people here, and I'm playing every game. I only ever wanted to play football.

"But I have no problems with [Barca president] Sandro Rosell or [sporting director] Andoni Zubizarreta. My contract expired and I fought to renew it, but it wasn't to be.

"But Barca have already told me that the door remains open for me to become director general of their football schools."

Abidal, who underwent a liver transplant in 2012, also revealed that his thoughts are currently with former Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova and his ongoing battle with cancer.

"I pray for him every day," the 34-year-old confessed. "He is a fighter and hopefully he'll come out of this.

"I have pills that I have to take for the rest of my life. Life is complicated but you have to enjoy it to the fullest."

Abidal also had his say on the battle for the Ballon d'Or, which he hopes will be awarded to France team-mate Franck Ribery over Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

"He's a very good friend and has had a great year," the centre-half stated. "It would be good for French football as nobody has won it since [Zinedine] Zidane [in 1998].

"But both Messi and Cristiano have incredible numbers that would also be worthy of the award."