Malouda denies criticism
Florent Malouda has denied criticising Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti and team-mate Frank Lampard.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 04/01/10 4:35pm
Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda has denied criticising manager Carlo Ancelotti and team-mate Frank Lampard.
The 29-year-old winger reportedly stated that he was becoming frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities under Italian boss Ancelotti, and questioned whether Lampard should be given an automatic starting place on the left side of midfield.
However, the France international claims he was misquoted, and insists he has no problem with the current situation at Stamford Bridge.
"Nothing that you could read came out of my mouth," he told Chelsea TV.
"I was really shocked and surprised when I came and we had a meeting when I discovered my words.
"My reaction was to go and talk with the manager and talk with Lamps (Frank Lampard) and the meeting was clear.
"The rest I don't want to talk about that because they did it on purpose and tried to put trouble in our team."
Malouda claims the original reports were 'disgusting' and was happy with how he reacted with a goal in the FA Cup win against Watford on Sunday.
"I would say that is disgusting and that is why I am proud of the way we played because that is the best way to answer and to show that we are partners and we are all trying to win things together," he added.
"Me and Lamps have played together in the past and we will play together in the future.
"I have too much respect for the fans to speak in those terms and for me it is clear, the story finished.
"I think Lamps and me reacted very well on the pitch. He scored a wonderful goal and me a goal off my shin and it was a good day to score for me.
"We have to look forward and I don't care what is written because I know it is not coming from my mouth.
"I hope the fans give support to the team because when people write things like this they are trying to put trouble into the team and we are so good and we can not afford this."
Malouda was originally quoted in French newspaper L'Equipe as saying: "I believe I have succeeded in my start to the season, but during the key matches against Arsenal or Man Utd, I was on the bench.
"I have ambitions for the World Cup, and considering my status in the French team it is a little annoying (being on the bench).
"Ancelotti is aware of it. But currently I am paying for that (4-3-1-2) system. It is not that easy for him either, he has a big group to manage.
"My competition with Lampard as left midfielder? It is his best position. He played like that in the England team, and we are in a World Cup year.
"But at a certain point, the status has to be in relationship with the performances."