Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Florent Malouda Reportedly on His Way to Brazil

Louis Hamwey@thecriterionmanAnalyst IIIJune 25, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29:  Florent Malouda of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their sixth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on April 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Another Chelsea legend looks like he could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge as reports surfaced today that Florent Malouda could be making a move to Brazilian side Vasco de Gama. tweeted out the following:

According to France Football, Malouda has told his team mates he is getting his dream move to Brazil to play for Vasco de Gama.

Malouda does not seem to figure in the future plans of Roberto Di Matteo, who he rarely started under. His 42 appearances was his lowest amount since he joined the club in 2007. There had been plenty of speculation about him leaving before the transfer window even opened amongst both fans and the media, who took the decreased playing time as a sign of change.

Malouda joined Chelsea from Lyon in the summer of 2007 and struggled in his first season. But he would begin to make good on £13 million fee in the 2009-10 season where his 15 goals and 15 assists helped the club to a domestic double winning the league and FA Cup.

This does not come as any surprise news as Malouda had voiced before that he had hoped to finish his career out in Brazil. Back in February 2011 Malouda, who was born in French Guinea bordering Brazil, told La Parisien:

I feel Brazilian. My wife is from Brazil, my children are half Brazilian and my in-laws are Brazilian. And then, Guiana and Brazil are very similar. There is a mix of cultures in Guiana with a strong Brazilian community.

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

It would be great to play for a club like Flamengo or Vasco da Gama. It is something that I want to do in my life. I am going to finish my European career in Chelsea but my ambition is to finish at the highest level possible and play in the next World Cup in 2014. I would like to play some football in Brazil - the true country of football.

Malouda’s contract is set to expire at the end of the 2012-13 season.


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