It was Juliet who once said "Parting is such sweet sorrow," as she departed her lover, Romeo. One would imagine Chelsea will not deliver the same poetic message when it finally frees itself from Florent Malouda.
The midfielder hasn't made a single appearance for the Blues this year and it appeared the team couldn't even sell him in January. But now, as Neil McLeman of the Mirror writes, the team might finally be able to pawn him off to another squad:
Former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is ready to end Florent Malouda's Stamford Bridge exile.
The French midfielder, signed for £13.5m in 2007, has been banished to the reserves and has not made a first-team appearance this season.
With the Russian transfer window still open, Anzhi Makhachkala are ready to offer him an 18-month deal worth £4 million.
If this deal goes through, Chelsea can finally ditch the £80,000-per-week salary that Malouda is earning while hanging out with the youth team, where he was banished after allegedly making it known he wanted to leave the club.
And we all know that hell hath no fury like a football club scorned.
Add Malouda to the long list of disappointing veterans the club has brought aboard in recent years. Nicolas Anelka. Alex. Fernando Torres (you know it's true).
Then again, with Malouda out the door, the list of malcontents has been dealt with. This is now Eden Hazard and Juan Mata's team. This is a squad that has good teammates and quality leaders left among its veterans like Frank Lampard and John Terry.
Even if the team can't seem to get the manager situation straight, the roster is full of young, talented and seemingly stable individuals.
In other words, Malouda won't be missed. I hardly doubt he's been missed toiling away with the kids this season. I don't know if it's a new day at Stamford Bridge, but this is certainly a team that is rebuilding itself with young talent and freeing itself from troublesome, overpriced veterans.
Methinks parting from Malouda will thus be sweet, sweet bliss.
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