Chelsea attacker looks set for 2012 exit

After failing to earn a contract extension at Stamford Bridge, Florent Malouda will undoubtedly end his Chelsea career this year, with a January exit a distinct possibility.

The French international’s contract will expire in the summer and the Blues find themselves in a bit of a predicament when thinking of the winger’s short –term future at the club.

Malouda has made 24 appearances for Chelsea this season and while he may still have a bit-part role to play at the club, the 31 year-old is unlikely to earn a new contract.

As a result, the Premier League giants can either let him go on a free transfer in July orcash in on his signature now, running the risk of coming up short in squad options if a replacement is not brought in.

Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has expressed an interest in bring Malouda to his new club, PSG, but is yet to make a formal bid.

There is also reported attention from a couple of unnamed Premier League clubs, however with no offers made as of yet, the veteran will remain a Blue until the summer.

Malouda is understood to be looking for an extension that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2012-13 season but when considering his age, it seems a distant wish.

Having already sold Nicolas Anelka to Shanghai Shenhua, Chelsea are also rumoured to be considering the sales of Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou as they look to free up some funds before making some moves of their own.

Whether it be now or in six months’ time, it looks inevitable that £6m-rated Malouda will be plying his trade elsewhere in 2013.

 

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