Barcelona’s Ludovic Giuly has revealed that he turned down a number of offers to return to France during the January transfer window.

Reports coming from France had suggested that several clubs including league leaders Lyon, were considering making an offer for Giuly.

However, Giuly insists that he will see out the remainder of his contract with the Spanish champions.

“Although I have had offers from some French clubs, I do not want to leave,” he said.

“I feel great and I am only thinking about playing for Barca.

“I still have a year left on my contract and am playing for the best club in the world.

“Frank Rijkaard is happy with me and he told me that he did not want me to leave and join someone else.”

Giuly faces competition for a place from Argentinian prodigy Lionel Messi, but the Frenchman says the pair enjoy a healthy rivalry.

“I have to admit that it is more difficult for me now, as before I was playing all the time and now I am not, but I am training very hard to be able to play and to help the team win trophies,” Giuly added.

“I have no problem with Messi. I am here to play and there are many great players in this squad.

“Messi is a great player and is playing very well at the moment.

“He is a quality player and is only 18. I think that he is stronger than Robinho.”

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