Juve to step up Malouda bid
Juventus are expected to step up their interest in Florent Malouda after Chelsea snapped up Juan Mata.
By Giscard Gourizro
Last Updated: 25/08/11 3:50pm
Juventus are expected to step up their interest in Frenchman Florent Malouda after Chelsea snapped up Juan Mata this week.
The Italians have held a long-term interest in Malouda and are ready to move for him with the Frenchman facing an uncertain future at Chelsea.
The Blues spent big bringing the Spain international to Stamford Bridge and they are also being tipped to land Porto's Alvaro Pereira.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas knows the Uruguay international well from his time with the Portuguese club and sees the left-sided player as a direct replaced for the departed Yuri Zhirkov.
Shoulder Pereira arrive then that could further hinder Malouda's chance of starting after he came off the bench in last Saturday's 2-1 victory over West Brom.
However, the 31-year-old is not looking to leave Stamford Bridge after confessing his love for life with the Londoners.
"I love Chelsea. I'm settled here and want to win back the Premier League," he told skysports.com.
"I like the competition and I'm ready to fight and keep my place in the starting line-up."