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£10.5 million former Chelsea winger seals Bosman switch

Now former Chelsea ace Florent Malouda has finally sealed a transfer.

Following the developments and rumour mill surrounding Florent Malouda over the past 12 months has almost been a case of closing your eyes and pointing at an atlas, to guess where he could be linked to next.

The Frenchman has been linked with moves to his homeland, to Brazil, Russia, and even QPR in January, and has now completed a switch to Turkey to sign for Trabzonspor.

Trabzonspor finished third last season in the Turkish Super Lig, and he will go up against former colleague Didier Drogba of Galatasaray.

Just last week he had been linked with West Bromwich Albion, but turned his back on the chance to rejoin new Baggies signing Nicolas Anelka at the club.

Malouda cost Chelsea £10.5 million in 2007, and enjoyed real success at the club until being ostracised in 2012/13.

Having helped them win three FA Cups and one Premier League title, Malouda went from starting the Champions League final in 2012, to being forced to train for the whole season with the under-21s.

After an inconsistent start, his best football came under Carlo Ancelotti, instrumental late on in their 2009/10 Premier League win, creating the first goal in what proved to be a decisive win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

It remained remarkable in January that no side took the gamble on him to rescue him from his troubles and bring him in on loan, and Malouda was clearly a frustrated figure.

At one point he even promised to 'tell all' on his treatment by Chelsea, once he had left the club. Perhaps there could be fireworks around the corner...

What was your favourite memory of Malouda at Chelsea?

image: © Ben Sutherland

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