Chelsea Winger Florent Malouda Set for Lyon Return

Stamford Bridge attacker linked with Ligue 1 return.

CHELSEA outcast Florent Malouda has been thrown a career lifeline by former club Lyon.

Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo has banished the France winger, 32, to train with the club’s youth team after leaving him out of their Champions League squad.

Malouda is now being lined up for a return to the side he left in 2007 for £13.5m.

SOURCE: Daily Star

Veteran winger Malouda has seemingly become surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge by Roberto Di Matteo and appears set for a season of bench warming but it appears the 32 year old’s former Ligue 1 side Lyon are ready to welcome him back to the Stade Gerland.

French source Maxi Foot suggest that the French international could leave for Lyon despite the transfer window having been slammed shut. The suggestion being that the West London side would terminate the attacker’s contract so that he could leave to join whomever he pleases as a free agent.

Malouda made just 11 Premier League starts last season and is yet to play a single minute for the Blues this term and has seen his first team chances diminished by the arrivals of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Victor Moses and Marko Marin.

During his previous spell at Lyon Florent Malouda won four domestic titles in four seasons prior to his £13.5m move to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2007. The wide-man has made a total of 230 appearances for Chelsea, netting 45 goals.

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