Chelsea Star Hopes to Follow his Roots and Play in Brazil

Chelsea midfielder wants to finish his career by swapping Stamford Bridge for samba football.

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Florent Malouda has declared it would be a dream to end his career in Brazil because of his family and upbringing.

The 30-year-old will face the samba kings in a friendly at the Stade de France in Paris.

Malouda was born in Cayenne in French Guiana, a country that neighbours Brazil. He admits when he was growing up it was dream to pull on the famous yellow jersey.

“I feel Brazilian,” he told his own website. “My wife is from Brazil, my children are half Brazilian, and my in-laws are Brazilian.

“French Guiana, which is in South America, and Brazil are very similar. There’s a mix of cultures in Guiana, with a strong Brazilian community.

“When I was little, I dreamed of playing for the Brazil national team and for a Brazilian club. Having grown up in Guiana, France was far away, and so I thought I had more chance of success over there!”

Malouda, who is on a long-term contract with the Blues, admits that in the future he would love to finish his career in the ‘country of football’.

“I would finish my career there (in Brazil). It is a challenge I’d like. Playing in England and Brazil—two countries of football—it would be nice.”

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