Malouda claims Chelsea are trying to ‘mentally break’ him as he remains exiled.
Florent Malouda has launched a scathing attack on Chelsea claiming the club are trying to ‘mentally break’ him.
The Frenchman, 32, has not featured for the Blues this season and has been forced to train with the U21s after being frozen out by first Roberto Di Matteo and now Rafael Benitez.
A move to MLS fell through this summer and the former France international has been banished since.
The Champions League winner said: “You must be armed mentally. All this is done to break me mentally, but in reality it motivates me enormously.
“But the strategy they use is to make me look like a player seeking substantial compensation. If you are excluded for one year, it is very, very long,” the Frenchman told the Daily Mail.
Chelsea have struggled in the Premier League in recent weeks under interim boss Benitez, who has handed players like Yossi Benayoun game time.
However, the poor form and thin squad has not changed Malouda’s situation and the left-winfger finds himself lodged training in the academy centre and not even allowed to contact the first team squad.
A key member of the side which won the double for the the Blues, the winger’s contract expires at the end of the season and has promised: “The details I will explain when I am free.”