Former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink was the man who managed to kick-start Florent Malouda’s career at Stamford Bridge as the Frenchman struggled in his early days in West London and the Dutchman is reportedly ready to end the player’s exile by signing him for Anzhi Makhachkala.
The Russian transfer window is still open and the Mirror believe that Hiddink’s side are willing to offer Malouda a 18-month contract worth £4 million.
I’m not entirely sure what went on between Malouda and the club but I don’t understand why he’s been frozen out this way and I wasn’t comfortable with the fact Alex and Nicolas Anelka received similar treatment. Chelsea have made no secret through their actions that they are keen to clear the big wages of the ageing players in order to build a new look squad, but it’s baffling that we’re wasting him whilst looking for the opportunity to offload him.
He’s obviously not the player he was and no-one forgets how frustrating he can be but he has to be a better option than Ryan Bertrand on the left of our attacking midfield trio and I believe him to be a better player than Marko Marin and Yossi Benayoun, whilst all his achievements during his time at the club, especially his goal grabbing and form during Ancelotti’s double campaign, are too quickly forgotten about.
Despite all this, he still hasn’t lowered himself to the point where he’s publicly criticising the club for his misery but Anzhi could end it all by making an approach for him this month as Chelsea are unlikely to ask for any sort of fee. Hopefully the move materialises as I cannot see his exile being ended at Stamford Bridge, so an exit is the best for all concerned as it’s £80,000-a-week that we’re wasting as long as he’s around.