Malouda nearing Chelsea exit after year on the sidelines

Florent Malouda, the forgotten man of Chelsea, is nearing the end of his time at Stamford Bridge after spending the entirety of last season on the sidelines, banished from the club’s first team shortly after playing a part in the Champions League winning team, the Daily Mail has reported.

Malouda’s last appearance for the Chelsea first team came as a 73rd minute substitute in the Champions League final, when he replaced Ryan Bertrand in a match Chelsea eventually won on penalties. He then went on to feature for France at Euro 2012, but a falling out with then-manager Roberto Di Matteo during pre-season training led to Malouda’s exclusion.

The former Lyon winger turned down a move to Mexico after criticising Di Matteo’s training and was forced to train with the Chelsea youth team, despite collecting his £80,000 per week wages – meaning Chelsea have paid Malouda more than £4m in the last year to train alongside the club’s development squad, with the decision, according to the Mail, taken by the Chelsea board.

It is claimed by the newspaper, however, that Malouda remained professional throughout, working closely with the likes of Nathan Ake, who broke into the first team under Di Matteo’s interim replacement, Rafael Benitez. Malouda’s contract will end on June 30.

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