Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda has claimed Chelsea tried some underhand tactics to get him to leave the club.
Florent Malouda seems destined to move away from Chelsea after failing to break into the club’s plans this season, following a very promising start to his career at the club.
It’s not unusual for a club to try and force a player out but it’s the way they have done it in this case, which is most interesting and goes some way to explaining his frustration.
The Frenchman has claimed that Chelsea appointed agents to try and orchestrate a deal for him away from Stamford Bridge, effectively giving him no chance to fight and try to get back into the Chelsea team.
Chelsea seem to be just using all of the tools at their disposal to try and move on a player who is surplus to requirements, which seems fair enough as Malouda has had some very tempting offers to go and play football elsewhere.
That includes an offer from China where he could have gone and earned twice the money he’s currently on at Chelsea, which would tempt a lot of stars into moving away from London.
There is a debate over the type of move he wants but he seems to want to stay in and around Europe, as opposed to simply taking up any offer that the agents employed by Chelsea can come up with.
That should, in a strange way, be slightly encouraging for Chelsea fans because it’s evidence that he still feels he has a lot to offer at the top of the European game, so if he could get back into the side, it may work out well for all parties concerned.
However, he has attacked the club on more than one occasions this season, which tends to suggest he’s made comments that he’s not thinking of going back on.
At one point he even accused Chelsea of trying to break him down in a mental sense, through stopping him from training with the first team in order to get him to desire a move away from the club and push for it, rather than trying to stay on.
Agents are the best possible vehicle for getting deals with various clubs sorted out because transfers and representing player are exclusively their field, which makes them key to getting things moved along quickly.
There are plenty of sides who could use a player with the quality and experience that Malouda has and he seems to be holding out for the right deal, as he clearly sees a move to one of the lesser European leagues or a global league, as a step backwards and not something he can come back from.
Does Malouda have any future at Chelsea?
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