Chelsea's frustrations with Florent Malouda's excessive wage demands have made him impossible to sell.
The resentment with what they perceive as Malouda doing a "Winston Bogarde" has led to the former Lyon man serving the rest of his contract in exile.
These are double-standards from the Blues, who not only want to kick Florent out of the club, but are telling him to devalue himself as well.
But, who decided to give Malouda his reported £80,000 a week salary? Chelsea.
If he wants to use the £80,000 per-week as the benchmark when negotiating with prospective employers, how's he in the wrong?
The business decision would be to play out the contract and then be in full control of where he goes in the summer, since he'll take advantage of the Bosman ruling.
Florent is angry with what he deems as unethical behaviour from Blues management (from France-Guyane via ESPN FC):
The details, I'm going to explode them when I'm free, but the strategy employed is to make me look like a player who wants to be paid a lot.
It's underhand, but it makes me smile more than anything else because it shows just how much esteem those people have for me. All of this is being done to break me mentally. In reality, it motivates me hugely.
S*it just got real!
Here's Brooks Peck's satirical take on Malouda's situation (via Yahoo! Sports)
The following is an average day in the life of Florent Malouda...
8:37 am—Eats breakfast in the shower so he can get to training early. Even though no one will notice.
9:45 am—While practicing free kicks, he hears the U-21 kids dare one of their cohorts to "kick a ball at Old Man Malouda." When it happens, Malouda takes a few steps in their direction and they all run away screaming.
10:16 am—Checks his bank balance.
11:22 am—Tells a dirty joke to his invisible friend and weight-room spotter BraniFrank RamirTerry, who finds it borderline offensive. Malouda apologises.
12:30 pm—He watches through a window as the non-exiled first-team players enjoy a specially prepared lunch while eating a sandwich he had been carrying in his sock all morning. Between soggy bites, he sees that Fernando Torres looks depressed despite being surrounded by other people who are actually talking to him. Malouda decides he will leave a friendship bracelet on Torres' training kit before leaving the club.
1:11 pm—Checks his bank balance.
2:50 pm—Plays several games of FIFA 13 career mode with a modified Chelsea team made up entirely of players named "Florent Malouda." He keeps the original Florent Malouda character on the bench, though.
3:26 pm—He tweets just to try and prove to himself that he still exists.
4:09 pm—Wanders around the parking lot hoping to "accidentally" bump into Rafa Benitez. When it finally happens, Benitez says "hello Mr. Abramovich" to him and then drives off.
5:15 pm—Takes his daily picture of himself with the Champions League trophy.
7:20 pm—For dinner, he eats a sandwich he had been carrying in his other sock all day while imitating Didier Drogba's voice.
9:41 pm—Stares at his bank balance until he drifts into a deep and restful sleep.