Olympique Lyon strike-ace Karim Benzema has dropped a big hint he wants to join Barcelona.

A target for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barca, Benzema told DiarioSport: "As players I like Ronaldinho and Eric Abidal, who is a friend of mine.

"I've stayed in touch with him and he always speaks well of Barcelona. He tells me it is a great club, a team with great fans. Currently I have a contract with Lyon until 2012. I renewed last summer. In the future I will have the opportunity to think of other teams.

"Am I ready to leave this summer or next? I do not know, I think that it will not be at the end of this season."