Several French news sources have suggested Florent Malouda is in Greece trying to organise a move to Olympiakos.
Malouda seems to be surplus to requirements at Chelsea and that doesn’t seem to be about to change under Jose Mourinho.
The French winger will be a free agent at the end of this month unless Chelsea do another Frank Lampard, puling a contract offer out of the bag at the very last moment.
It’s a little surprising considering Malouda’s quality and experience in the game, which is surely still great enough to help him secure a move to a much higher profile club.
That’s not meant as disrespect to the Greek side, but there are still several aspects of Malouda’s game which would allow him to do a job for several teams in England, France, Germany, Spain or Italy.
His experience means he’s fully aware of the pressures of playing in those big European leagues.
That’s important for any team looking for a cheaper and reliable player next month, who they won’t have to break the bank to tie down on a good deal over the next few years.
His basic game also remains very competent; passing, dribbling, final ball, crossing. He ticks all of the boxes as far as what Olympiakos will be looking for in terms of a midfielder.
The fact he featured so rarely for Chelsea towards the end of his current contract could mean he’s looking to join a side where his position is going to be relatively unquestioned.
It’s only natural for a player to want to move to a side where he’s going to be one of the most important players, having just come from a situation at the other end of the spectrum.
It will surely be the final high profile move of his career because at 33-years-old, Malouda probably only has another three or four years to give at most.
The move does give him a chance to play in Europe; which is not something he may have benefited from had he stayed in the main European leagues.
That will allow him to prove critics wrong and make a point if he feels bitter about the way the last part of his Chelsea career panned out.
It’s also just basic ambition because the best players want to play in the best competitions and joining any side that gives a player the chance to play in Europe is worth them considering.
If he goes to Greece it will be a shame because surely he could attract a better move but his motives are all sensible and very logical.
Can Malouda revitalise his career in Greece? Would you like to see your side go after him?
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