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Malouda exiled from Chelsea first team

NOT WANTED: Florent Malouda has been banished from the Chelsea first team

CHELSEA WINGER Florent Malouda looks like he will not be playing anytime soon for the west London club, with the exit door seeming more of a probability.

The French player was omitted from his team’s Champions League squad, and further doubts were raised about his career at the club when he tweeted an image of the entrance to the team’s under-21 training facility.

Yesterday (September 5), the 32-year-old wrote on the social media site: “This is where I'll train for my last season with the blues!!!” The picture features signage that reads: “Under-21’s Players & Staff only”.

Malouda, who last season helped Chelsea claim the Champions League for the first time in its history, has one year left on his current contract. He was signed in 2007 for £13.5m from Lyon by then manager Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea’s senior hierarchy was understood to want to sell the Frenchman over the summer, however, possible moves to Brazilian club Santos and his former Ligue 1 side never materialised. Personal financial terms were reported as the barrier to Malouda walking away from the £80,000 a week contract he earns at Stamford Bridge.

Interested parties were not willing to meet the player’s wage demands.

Chelsea have kept Malouda in their 25-man squad for the Premier League, yet with the new array of attacking talent the club has signed, Di Matteo would need a real injury crisis to call upon the winger.

France national team coach, Didier Deschamps, has also dropped the Chelsea winger from the country’s World Cup qualifiers against Finland and Belarus.

Malouda, who has scored a total of 45 goals in 229 appearances for the Blues, indicated his desire to leave Chelsea over the summer. The club’s top management is known to view his exclusion from the first team as a way of maintaining harmony.

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