Malouda: I want to join PSG in January
Florent Malouda yesterday became the latest Chelsea player to signal that he is dissatisfied with life under Andre Villas-Boas when he announced that he favoured a move this January to Paris St-Germain, having been given little playing time this season.
The 31-year old was quoted as saying to the French television network Canal Plus: "I'm not getting enough playing time. It's too limited for the ambitions I have. I can't be happy with that. If it is necessary, I will leave."
The club contacted Malouda, who was on a day off yesterday – like the rest of the first-team squad. The player confirmed that he had indeed made the comments.
The France international came on for Frank Lampard in the 61st minute of the 1-1 draw with Fulham on Boxing Day. It was his 21st appearance of the season, only 11 of which have been starts. He has averaged about 40 starts for the three previous seasons. Like Lampard, Malouda is no longer able to take his place in the first team for granted.
So far Villas-Boas has said that only the Brazilian defender Alex and Nicolas Anelka will be permitted to leave next month. There have been rumblings of discontent around Lampard and Didier Drogba, the latter of whom is out of contract at the end of the season. Lampard looked unimpressed when he was substituted.
PSG are expected to replace their coach Antoine Kombouaré with Carlo Ancelotti next month.
Juan Mata said he believes Fernando Torres, who failed to score in his first league start in eight games, will come good. "Fernando is working hard every day in training... and the goal arrives soon," Mata said. "Fernando always has the goals and, for Chelsea, he has to score a lot of goals."
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