Malouda escaping Chelsea and heading to Lyon

Chelsea outcast Florent Malouda looks set to end his torrid time at Stamford Bridge by completing a January move to French side Lyon, The Daily Mail reports.

The French international has been a key part of the Blues since his arrival in 2007 from Lyon, but has found himself surplus to requirements since Roberto di Matteo became manager. Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Marko Marin’s additions to the Chelsea squad have seen Malouda cast to the shadows and he took to social networking site Twitter to reveal he had been sent to train with the under 21 squad this season.

Malouda is disenchanted with life at Stamford Bridge and sees a return to the Stade de Gerland as a lifeline to end his career back in France. The 32 year old spent four years with Lyon and club president Jean-Michel Aulas wants to bring Malouda back. Chelsea paid around £13m for Malouda five years ago and the Frenchman has made nearly 150 appearances for the Blues, winning the Premier League and three FA Cups.

Aulas said: “Our door is always open to former players. Malouda has been in contact with our coaching team very recently. We’ve also spoken with Jeremy Toulalan who has been having problems at Malaga.”

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