Transfer news: Former Chelsea winger Florent Malouda joins Ligue 1 side Metz

Image: Florent Malouda: Joined Metz after leaving Turkish side Trabzonspor

Former Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has joined Ligue 1 side Metz on a one-year deal with the option to extend by a further year.

Malouda, who has 80 France caps to his name, was a free agent after leaving Trabzonspor and was heavily linked with a return to England, although he distanced himself from links with Birmingham.

The 34-year-old is now back in French football after just one season in Turkey and says he did not panic about securing a move despite only becoming available in the transfer window’s latter stages.

"When my contract was cancelled with Trabzonspor, I had no agent and it was the end of the transfer market, but it was not a problem," Malouda explained at his unveiling.

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"I could study peacefully the different propositions that came from Serie A, Premier League, India and USA.

"I have been really taken with the Metz project.

"It is a historic club in Ligue 1 with a young group, and where I will have big responsibilities on the pitch."

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