Florent Malouda keen for more action

Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has admitted that he is eager to play more games for Chelsea, and has vented his frustration at a lack of first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge.

The France international has been largely a fringe player since Andre Villas Boas took over as manager in the summer; this is something that Malouda is not used to.

“I am the kind of player who needs to play week in, week out and the manager knows that,” he told The Daily Star.

“I am expecting to start more games because that’s my standard and it’s what I’ve been doing for the last two seasons.

“I am trying to show, when I get the time, that I have the quality to start games,” he concluded.

Another frustrated figure at the London club is Romelu Lukaku, who has also spoken of his displeasure at having to watch from the sidelines.

“You have to be willing to make sacrifices if you really want to succeed at a big club, so I have to be patient.

“However, if my situation doesn’t change in the next six months, I might opt for a one-year loan spell elsewhere.

“That could be in England or in a country like France. I could have a good year at another club, and then return to Chelsea as a better player,” the Belgium international concluded.

By Gareth McKnight