Chelsea ace linked with Brazilian switch

Chelsea's Florent MaloudaFlorent Malouda has reportedly become a target for Brazilian side Botofogo after it was revealed he will be surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge next season.

The Chelsea winger saw his form dip last time out after previously enjoying two goal filled seasons and the recent signings of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin have left him way down the pecking order in manager Roberto Di Matteo’s plans.

The £13m signing from Olympique Lyonnais has won a plethora of trophies during his five years at the club including the Premier League title and FA Cup while the Blues UEFA Champions League success last season means he has little left to achieve in West London.

Reports suggest there’s also interest from rivals Vasco da Gama, where Malouda’s ex-Lyon team mate Juninho Pernambucano currently plies his trade, but Botofogo appear to have stolen a march in the race for the Frenchman. According to The Mirror, Malouda is currently considering an offer from the Rio de Janeiro based side, who are looking to attract top quality players after recently signing Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf from AC Milan.

Malouda, whose wife is Brazilian, is in the twilight of his career and, at the age of 32, a move to South America would represent an attractive proposition for a player who scored 45 goals in 220 appearances for Chelsea.

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