He was apart of the Chelsea team that dominated and helped Carlo Ancelotti to a domestic double the season before he was sacked but that seems as long ago as when Franny Jeffers was being dubbed a star for the future.
The Frenchman is now training with the under-21 team at Chelsea and looks desperate for a way out of Stamford Bridge with the crew of new and expensive toys that Roman Abramovich has brought in to midfield to help Di Matteo reinvent his Champions League winning side.
It now seems that an actual battle to sign the outcast is about to begin, who’d have thunk it eh? According to tuttomercatoweb.com Brazilian club Santos has decided to challenge Malouda’s former club Lyon for the 32 year old’s signature.
Financially I doubt either team will find any kind of hiccup in terms of agreeing a deal with Chelsea as they want rid and both teams want him in. Taking into account the length of Malouda’s, actually, quite successful career he may not even care too much about who offers the most money, although at the end of the day he is a footballer and greed is blind so it may still have an impact on his decision.
Out of the two Lyon looks the better fit. Malouda managed to break into the French national team during his 4 seasons there and it was during the 2006 World Cup that Chelsea saw something they liked and brought him to London. It was only last season’s poor displays that have seen his tenure with Chelsea come to a close as before that he managed to break into double figures two seasons running, making him a regular in most successful fantasy football teams back then. It makes sense for Malouda to go back home and try and help Lyon get back to to where they were when he left them, the top. With the millions of PSG Ligue 1 is a very different place now.
Of course Santos does have quite a few things to offer Malouda too. Brazil love their football so the possibility of one last heroic season could be appealing, along with the party hard lifestyle, wonderful weather and the fact he could play with a future superstar in Neymar, making Santos a promising horizon as well as a new one.
If it did come down to money Lyon would win all day long. The team are well off financially and when you take into account the dodgy third party ownerships and legal battles that have taken place with such players as Ronaldinho and Oscar over the past few years I doubt Malouda would want another headache to deal with before he decides what to do after football.
It seems that Malouda has come to a crossroads in his footballing career and it is one that could affect what he does afterwards; Either go back to France and try and get Lyon toward the top of table again or try something new in Brazil with Santos and perhaps discover a whole new way of life. The later would be risky but sometimes those options tend to be the ones that work out best.