Florent Malouda has invested in where it all started by pre-emptively joining the board of directors at Châteauroux ... but don't expect him to play for him.
Last summer there was an understandable scramble for the services of Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda - but in the end it was the lure of Turkish football that talked him round as he agreed a two-year-deal with Trabzonspor
The former Chelsea player signed on the dotted line last July to complete his move to the very east of Turkey on a free transfer after rejecting the chance to join West Brom.
When Chelsea signed Malouda he cost them £10.5 million and he went on to have an excellent career at Stamford Bridge; even winning Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year in 2010.
But last season things went sour for the 33-year-old and he was treated badly by the club. Discarded to the under-21 side the former French international was widely praised for the way in which he dealt with the exit and treatment he received from the club.
This weekend has seen him linked with another move - on this occasion however he is reportedly planning on a return to where it all began.
It has come after he invested in his first club Berrichonne de Chateauroux and announced a plan to join the board of directors. A statement from the club read:
"Florent Malouda today participated in the Board of Directors of Berrichonne de Chateauroux, his first club to which he has always remained very close. He will soon be integrated into the management board as his career develops. This return is a new, unique and rare gesture of a great player going back to where it started."
Malouda made his debut at the club when he was 16-years-old and played 60-odd games before moving to Guingamp, then Lyon and so on, and so on.
But it fuelled rumours of a playing or coaching return in the French press.
However he seemed to rule out such a move with this Tweet …
Too funny journalists, you participate in a board and they will transfer lol
It seems Malouda simply plans to help pump some of his Roman millions into the club - who are currently loitering in mid-table of Ligue 2.