6 Sep 2012

FLORENT MALOUDA claims Chelsea have banished him to train with the kids for the rest of his Stamford Bridge career.
The Frenchman, 32, has been told he is surplus to requirement after failing to agree a move to Lyon before the transfer window slammed shut.

Last night he posted a photo of Chelsea’s Under-21 training HQ on Twitter along with the message: “This is where I’ll train for my last season with the blues !!!”

Malouda still has a year left on his lucrative £70,000-a-week contract and was named in Chelsea’s squad for the first half of the Premier League season, but he is not in their
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Champions League squad and has yet to feature in any of their matches this season.

Malouda played 49 matches for club and country last season and helped Chelsea to a Champions League and FA Cup double.

Like Malouda, Nicolas Anelka and Alex were frozen out at Chelsea last season, by former boss Andre Villas-Boas, and it seems only a matter of time before he is gone too.

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo hopes to sell Malouda in January, but the player may decide to run down his contract and leave for free in the summer, rather than take a pay cut with another club.

Meanwhile, Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand, 23, has signed a new five-year contract.