Premier League - Malouda: Chelsea trying to break me mentally

Chelsea's Florent Malouda has lashed out at his employers, describing his exile as "petty".

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Premier League - Malouda: Chelsea trying to break me mentally
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FOOTBALL 2012 France Florent Malouda

The 32-year-old France international, who moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2007 and is in the final year of his contract, was excluded from the Blues' 25-man first-team squad and has spent the season training with the under-21 team.

"The details I'll explain when I'm free, but the strategy they use is to make me look like a player seeking substantial compensation," Malouda told the France-Guyane newspaper.

"It's petty but more than anything else it makes me smile because it shows how these people regard me."

He added: "If you are left out for a year, it is very, very long. You must be armed mentally.

"All this is done to break me mentally, but in reality it motivates me enormously."

Malouda finished his rant in unexpectedly comical fashion as he then, apparently without irony, insisted he would never be caught badmouthing his paymasters.

"I am still a Chelsea player so obviously I have to be reserved in what I say," he added.

“I’ve respected that up until now and I will continue to do so.”

Malouda, who has been linked with a move to Anzhi Makhachkala, with the Russian transfer window open until the end of this month, declined to reveal more due to "confidentiality", but may do so on his anticipated release this summer.

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