Barca’s Keita ‘flattered’ by Liverpool link

Seydou Keita claims no decision has been taken over his future at Barcelona, but admits to being flattered by reports linking him to Liverpool.

The Mali international is under contract at Camp Nou until 2014, but faces fierce competition for places in Catalunya.

He remains an important figure in Pep Guardiola’s plans and has been a regular throughout his three years with Barca.

It has, however, been suggested that he could be on his way out of the club this summer, with there no shortage of willing takers waiting in the wings.

Keita admits the time may have come for a fresh start to be made, with a new challenge holding considerable appeal.

He considers Liverpool to be one of the few clubs that could match his ambition, but he is keen to point out that no switch to the Premier League has been put in place.

"I am flattered by the interest of Liverpool Football Club, one of the biggest clubs in the world," said the 32-year-old midfielder.

"However, let’s wait until the end of the season with Barcelona and see what happens.

"I love Barcelona and it is difficult to find a better team than them, but I am ambitious and want to play football week in, week out.

"A challenge somewhere else is attractive to me and Liverpool are a top team with very good players."