First of all we do not mean eligible bachelor in the Russell Brand, James Bond, philandering style that may have first crossed your mind. No; this is not one of those stories.
But if bachelor is to be taken as meaning a man who is free to make his own decisions without worries of upset to others and eligible is to mean that he has to right to pursue other means of employment then yes. Florent Malouda is most definitely one of the Premier League’s most eligible bachelors for next season.
The French international is out-of-contract this summer and quite frankly; I see absolutely no reason why he isn’t currently a part of the first-team picture at Chelsea anyway.
Some may highlight his age; but at 32 he is hardly walking around with a Zimmer-frame now is he.
Not to mention the fact he is one of the lucky few professional footballers not to have suffered many serious lengths of time out of the game through injury.
Then there is the small fact he was one of the Players of the Season just three campaigns ago and has 80 caps for the French national team. Simply put he would make a magnificent signing for any Premier League club.
He has been frozen out by Chelsea this summer. In their Logan’s Run like world of post-30 apocalypse Malouda does not fit in anymore. Either does Frank Lampard by the looks of it and last season neither did Didier Drogba. Petr Cech, John Terry and Ashley Cole should be shaking in their boots while Paulo Ferreira continues to be missed out on the annual redundancy package.
In February Malouda revealed the depths of his desperation at the club:
‘’The details I’ll explain when I’m free. But the strategy they use is to make me look like a player seeking substantial compensation. If you are excluded for one year, it is very, very long. You must be armed mentally. All this is done to break me mentally, but in reality it motivates me enormously.’’
So it seems.
Despite reportedly having to train with the youth team you can see from his Twitter feed he is a regular at training and makes a big point about how much he enjoys such an occasion. His son Aaron is also currently with the under-7s at Cobham City so it seems there may have been a slight thaw in the relationship; he might even of finally met Rafa Benitez.
But with his contract up in the summer and no news of any deal agreed to move abroad it might appear he is happy to remain in the UK with teams in London certainly capable of snapping him up.
I would go as far to say he could do a job for any of the London clubs in the Premier League including Tottenham and Arsenal so who is to say a move to Fulham or West Ham would not interest both club and player.
For me this should be and will be a hot battle this summer.
Where do you think Florent Malouda will be playing next season?
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