A day after not being announced in the 25 man Champions League squad for Chelsea, Florent Malouda today tweeted that he will be spending the remainder of his time with Chelsea training with the Under 21s. A decision that is nothing new to Chelsea fans now after last year’s decision by Andre Villas-Boas to move Anelka and Alex away from the first team and have them train with the reserves.The decision has brought upon mixed opinions from fans, some suggesting that this is his punishment for deciding that money was more important than first team football, whilst others (myself included) feel this is a poor decision by the Chelsea management in possibly causing an unnecessary disruption to a member of the squad and with a long season ahead and Chelsea competing in more competitions than ever, whether the depth in the team is adequate enough to not need Malouda again.
Also as Malouda decided none of the offers available to him were suitable enough, he had made the decision that he would see out his contract at Chelsea, whilst there is no obligation on the club’s behalf that he plays any part during the season or even as to where he trains, it is an issue some would say is based on principle. The player clearly has something to offer, he was an integral part of the double winning team under Ancelotti and has vast amounts of experience and a very good work ethic has developed with the drop in technical quality in his play. It is likely to be a very sad way to the end of his Chelsea career for a player that has served the club well during his previous 5 seasons at the club.
Regarding the rumoured transfer of Falcao to Chelsea, Atletico’s chief executive Gil Marin announced that a transfer may be inevitable with the finances of the club being in extremely poor conditions and the structure of La Liga making it impossible for clubs outside of Barcelona or Real Madrid to keep hold of their brightest talents.
“You only have to look at what happened this summer,” he said. “Apart from Athletic and ourselves, everyone has had to sell big names because they needed to survive in the current environment of bankruptcy. A French club, a Russian and two English clubs came for Falcao and he stayed because we took a risk we would be able to make our payments.”
Welcome news for Chelsea who are overwhelmingly short of depth up front with Fernando Torres arguably the only natural striker in the team, as Daniel Sturridge and Victor Moses have spent a considerable amount of their playing career on the wings.