Barcelona’s Victor Valdes will snub a summer move to Arsenal and instead hopes to finish his career in the French league with big-spenders Monaco.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper who has been a regular at the Nou Camp for 11 years is out of contract at the end of the season and has announced he will not sign a new deal with the Catalan giants.

Arsene Wenger had hoped to lure the Spanish international to London to provide competition to Wojciech Szczęsny but Valdes would prefer to follow former-teammate Eric Abidal in making the switch to Ligue 1.

‘Ligue 1 attracts me a lot – Monaco or elsewhere in France’ said Valdes. ‘My future’ is in the hands of my representatives. But Monaco is a good option.

‘I know that Abidal is very happy at Monaco and I am good friends with him. I consider him a brother.

‘He is an example as a human being. To go back and play at his side again could be very special.’

Barca have agreed to sign Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen as a replacement for Valdes for a fee of £6.75million.