When Chelsea announced their squad for their upcoming Champions League matches, there was one very high-profile omission.
French international Florent Malouda, who is yet to make an appearance for the Blues this season, will not take any part in European competition before the New Year and looks set for a period on the sidelines after revealing he will be the training with the youth team.
The midfielder tweeted a picture of the entrance to the club’s under 21 training base accompanied with the words “This is where I’ll train for my last season with the Blues!!!” on Wednesday morning to confirm that he is not in Roberto Di Matteo’s plans for the near future.
The 32-year old is in the last year of his contract at Stamford Bridge and was reported to be on the verge of a move to Santos in Brazil but his high wage demands curtailed his transfer to South America. The latest revelations, though, are likely to see him move away from the English capital in January for warmer climbs.
But what can he do till then?
The former Lyon winger could be set for a loan move to give him some first-team football in the Championship, with Di Matteo’s former teammate Gus Poyet always on the look out for a flair player on the south coast at Brighton and Hove Albion.
The Uruguayan has previously signed Vicente from Valencia and may well be on the phone to his fellow ex-central midfielder to enquire about another high-profile signing.
Another former Chelsae player Gianfranco Zola could also be interested in bringing the player to Watford. The Vicarage Road outfit have wealthy new owners and may well be able afford a percentage of Malouda’s wages should he choose to move slightly outside London.
Other than the aforementioned pair, there are very few options for the Frenchman to explore before Christmas, and he may have to make a choice between dropping down a division to advertise himself to potential suitors or waiting for an unlikely opportunity to shine for the Blues.