Florent Malouda knows where he will play next season, but will not reveal his destination yet.
Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda knows where he will play football next season, but is keeping his destination quiet until he is formally released by the Europa League Champions in June.
The Frenchman has spent the entire season training with the club’s reserve team, after a major falling out with the Blues hierarchy left him without a single first team appearance since May 2012.
With his release a foregone conclusion, the 32-year old has already decided where his future lies.
“I had a problem to sort out with certain people. It’s done. Now, I’m free. I’m going to be able to play again next season,” Malouda told ESPN.
“I’ve been preparing all season long.
“I’ve let people speak. I’m patient and very determined. I’ll be back next season. I already know where, but I’m not saying anything for the moment.”
Malouda will struggle to draw interest from any major European sides this summer, as his lack of playing time over the past 12 months will have had an adverse effect on his fitness.
But the French international, who was mooted for a shock transfer to Brazil last summer, has not ruled out any move, and when pressed on a potential switch back to Ligue 1, he simply replied: “Anything is possible.”
Malouda is not the only player out of contract this summer at Stamford Bridge, with Ross Turnbull and Yossi Benayoun also set to leave west London.