Malouda eyes Brazil swansong
Florent Malouda has revealed that he is interested in finishing his playing career in Brazil.
Last Updated: 07/02/11 3:29pm
Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda has revealed that he is interested in finishing his playing career in Brazil.
Malouda was born in French Guiana, an overseas region of France located in South America, and has close family ties with Brazil.
He even admits to childhood dreams about playing for Brazil, who he will line up against for France in an international friendly on Wednesday.
"I feel Brazilian," Malouda told Le Parisien. "My wife is from Brazil, my children are half Brazilian and my in-laws are Brazilian.
"And then, Guiana and Brazil are very similar. There is a mix of cultures in Guiana with a strong Brazilian community.
"When I was little I dreamed of playing for Brazil and for a Brazilian club.
"Having grown up in Guiana, France was far away and I thought I had more chance of success over there!"
Malouda, who turned 30 in June, is under a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge and has given no indication that he would like to leave in the near future.
However, he concedes that the prospect of a final swansong in Brazil does sound very appealing.
"I would finish my career there," he said. "It's a challenge I'd like. Playing in England and Brazil, two countries of football, it would be nice."