Saturday, 15th September, 2012
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has refused to shed light on the future of Florent Malouda at Stamford Bridge.
Malouda is currently training with the club’s Under-21s and has been left out of the Champions League group stage squad list, which was recently submitted to UEFA.
He has been linked with an exit from the Blues and has a contract which is due to expire next summer.
That the France international has been cast into the wilderness has been surprising though, but Di Matteo has been coy over the winger’s situation.
"I don’t know", said Di Matteo at a press conference which questioned over whether the 32-year-old could play in the Premier League this season.
"The future will decide", he added.
"He is currently with the Under-21s. The transfer market does not open until January."
Malouda could return to his former club Lyon, who have shown an interest in bringing him back to the Stade Gerland. However, it is likely the Frenchman would have to take a substantial wage cut to make the move happen.