Malouda left out in the cold by Di Matteo

Chelsea midfielder, Florent MaloudaFrench midfielder Florence Malouda has been left out of Chelsea’s Champions League squad for the forthcoming group stages, according to The Guardian.

The 32-year-old has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge following the arrival of Juan Mata to West London and has failed to make the squad list in any of Chelsea’s first three Premier League games so far this season.

Malouda was reportedly on the verge of joining Brazilian outfit Santos. However, the deal fell through after the wingers wage demands were thought to be too high.

Malouda is one of the number of ageing Chelsea players who appear to have no future left at the club. Goalkeeper Hilario has also been omitted from the squad list, while Michael Essien has been loaned out to Spanish giants Real Madrid and Raul Meireles joined Fernebache for £8 million yesterday.

Chelsea begin the defence of their European title at home to Italian champions Juventus on 19th September.