Houllier happy with Malouda
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyon coach Gerard Houllier is delighted that Florent Malouda has signed a new deal.Lyon coach Gerard Houllier is delighted that Florent Malouda has signed a new contract.
The winger inked a two-year contract extension on Friday which will keep him at Stade Gerland until 2010.
Malouda, who has been linked with Manchester United, had no qualms in committing his future to the French champions.
And Houllier is equally happy that the attacker is staying at the club and has praised Malouda for his improvement this season.
"Indeed, I was very favourable to that extension because Florent has improved on a technical level," said Houllier.
"Mentally, he is strong and a good competitor. Moreover, he is able to play in three different positions, even during the same match.
"So he is a more than attractive player. However, don't believe we pay him three times more than other clubs could do."
Meanwhile, Lyon full back Eric Abidal made his latest comeback from injury during Friday's 3-1 victory over Nantes.
Abidal could now feature in next week's UEFA Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven and Houllier was buoyed by the defender's return.
He added: "We really deserved our win. We have proved our team is eager to win again.
"I am also very satisfied with Eric Abidal's performance. He even played in two different positions."