The Brazilian club outlined in the summer their interest in luring the midfielder to Santos after the player fell out of favour with the arrival of Roberto Di Matteo, and the switch could be back on.
Reports suggest the former Blues’ favourite could have gone in the summer but discrepancies over the transfer fee held up negotiations between the two clubs.
The 32-year old arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2007 for a fee of £13.5million, and has since made 230 appearances, and scoring 45 goals. When in-form and match-fit the tricky attacker ran riot through Premier League defences and help the Blues lift both the Premier League trophy and FA Cup.
However, since the arrival of Roberto Di Matteo, the Frenchman has seldom been a regular starter for the club and has recently been forced to train with the club’s reserve and even youth teams.
The relationship between the manager and the player has deteriorated, especially after the Blues’ boss purchased Eden Hazard, Oscar, and Marko Marin in the summer – all of whom are direct competitors for Malouda’s preferred positions.
It is understood that the player wants a swift exit from the Bridge in order to regain his form, fitness, and match sharpness for the tail-end of his career, which, by all accounts, looks most likely to be destined for Brazil.
On the bright side, the sun might shine more brightly on him in Brazil, where his wife hails from. But, nonetheless, Florent Malouda will surely always receive the warmest of receptions upon his return to Stamford Bridge.
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