Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Malouda signs new deal at Chelsea

Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has signed a new four-year deal to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.

The 29-year-old Frenchman, who had two years remaining on his current contract, hopes it will end speculation surrounding his future at the club.

Malouda, who had been linked with a move to AC Milan, said: "I am staying. I have four years left on my contract.

"Every time the transfer window opens there are rumours and I hope in this one people will know what happened."

Malouda had struggled to settle into English football following his £13.5m transfer from French side Lyon in 2007.

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He had been widely expected to move on after Chelsea were linked earlier this year with a move for Russia's Yuri Zhirkov, who plays for CSKA Moscow.

But Malouda found his form under interim coach Guus Hiddink and eventually started 31 games for the Blues last season, scoring nine goals as Chelsea reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and won the FA Cup.

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