Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda will have to look for other options in January after Brazilian club Santos distanced themselves from a move for the French international.
The 32-year-old is deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge while he is left to train with the club’s academy kids. The former Lyon winger has failed to make a single appearance for the club this season and hopes to secure a move in the January transfer window elsewhere.
The Cayenne-born player, who made 149 league appearances for Chelsea since joining the London club in 2007, was heavily linked with a move to the Brazilian club in the summer, but the deal collapsed due to his excessive wage demands. The old connection was thought to be resurrected again in January, but the player’s hopes of securing a deal has taken a severe dent after the Brazilian club has refused to take any further interest in securing his services.
Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues said as quoted in The Metro “There is no interest for Malouda, he is not in our plans and if the English press is giving details about it, it must be because some agent is telling that to them to increase his value. But there is nothing from Santos.”
Thus it seems like the Frenchman holds no future under Roberto Di Matteo’s plans and will be left to rot at the club’s training grounds unless he finds any potential buyer in the next couple of months.