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Florent Malouda Exclusive: The Frenchman Rejected Liverpool

Florent Malouda Exclusive: The Frenchman Rejected Liverpool

Florent Malouda is a Chelsea legend – but the former Blues' winger has revealed that he almost signed for top-four rivals Liverpool. The two sides go head-to-head in this Sunday's Carabao Cup final, when managers Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp will look to win their first domestic silverware of the season. And it is a former Reds manager – Gerard Houllier – who tried to set up a move to Anfield for Malouda, while he was in the dugout at French side Lyon.



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Sliding Doors Moment

Speaking exclusively to Genting about that sliding doors moment, the ex-winger said:

“That’s right [Liverpool made an offer]. Gerard Houllier was my coach. 

“Whenever I was training, I would always ask him questions about the Premier League and whether or not I play there. 

“He said you have to go and experience the Premier League at least once in your career and then he grabbed his phone and called Liverpool – he literally made the deal for me. 

“Liverpool were the first team to make an offer. Rafa was the coach and he really pushed for me to go to Liverpool.”

Chelsea To Difficult To Resist

But once Chelsea expressed an interest in signing Malouda, the 80-cap international couldn’t resist the allure of moving to Stamford Bridge.

“When Chelsea came in for me, I felt so much pride,” he explained. 

“I knew a lot of the players that were already there, and of course we would speak regularly on the phone, which helped my decision, so I knew Chelsea were the club that I really wanted to join. 

“I wanted to be part of the squad. Didier Drogba moved, then Michael Essien, two guys I played with in France, so it was like I already knew everything about Chelsea. 

“Makelele was there, [William] Gallas played there. One year before I signed, I used to come to Chelsea to watch my friends and I was already connected to the team. 

“I knew I wanted to play for Chelsea.”

Backing More Blues Silverware

The Cayenne native picked up six trophies while in West London – winning the Premier League, three FA Cups, the Champions League and the Community Shield.

So it is no surprise that he thinks the Blues need to target more silverware this season.

“Chelsea have already won the Super Cup and the Club World Cup, which is a great achievement, but it’s not enough for a club like Chelsea, especially when you have opportunities to play in even more finals,” he said. 

“They will take everything one game at a time. This team is made to lift trophies and to be number one in every competition. 

“The Premier League is going to be almost impossible, but in any competition, you want to be number one. 

“I am sure that if this team doesn’t win the League Cup final on Sunday, there will be a bitter taste at the end of the season, although they’ve already won big trophies. 

“That shows you how demanding playing for this club has become, so this is the reality of Chelsea players.”

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