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Sep 6, 2013

Malouda: I've no grudge against Blues

Florent Malouda has said he does not hold grudges against Chelsea or former Blues bosses Andre Villa-Boas and Rafa Benitez despite being banished from the first team in his final seasons at the club.

Florent Malouda last played for Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final
Malouda was frozen out at the end of his spell with Chelsea.

After helping the Blues defeat Bayern Munich to win the Champions League in May last year, Malouda, 33, never played for them again after failing to agree to a move away from Stamford Bridge. After sitting out the final year of his contract, the France international moved to Turkish side Trabzonspor in the summer.

But he told RMC he had no bitterness towards the club with which he won a Premier League title and three FA Cups during a six-year spell. "I get on well with a lot of people at the club,” he explained.

“I think I'm well respected there, even more so after my last year. There are some people who I'll never get on with, but that's been that way for a long time.

"I don't know why people think I don't get on with them [Villas-Boas and Benitez]. Villas-Boas is the one who brought me to Chelsea when he was Mourinho's recruiter.

“And Benitez, he wanted to sign me when he was at Liverpool, and he then tried to bring me back into things at Chelsea -- but he was forbidden from doing so."

Malouda said he would one day explain the circumstances that had led to his exclusion from the first-team picture, but added: "For the real story, you'll have to ask those in charge at Chelsea.

“I was put to one side without a fine, without any official explanation. It's in the past, and I had to wait a year to re-find my freedom."

Malouda’s club situation also cost him his international place, and he last appeared for France in their Euro 2012 quarter-final defeat to Spain.

But he said he had not given up hope of forcing his way back into the picture, explaining: "I've never drawn a line under it. Perhaps they've drawn a line under me, though.

"I've not heard from anyone since my last game against Spain, but I follow the French team and watch games with my son. When you love football, you watch.

“Each time I went to play for France, it's because I thought I was the best in my position. If I play and think that I'm again the best, the coach will decide. I still have the same attitude."

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