Former Chelsea forward Flourent Malouda has been left stunned after FC Zurich announced the termination of his contract without him knowing.
Malouda announced his retirement last year after capping off an illustrious 22-year playing career with one final sojourn in Luxembourg with FC Differdange 03, before taking up a coaching position with FC Zurich.
Malouda in Zurich: Five key things to know…
- After hanging up his boots, Malouda joined the FC Zurich coaching staff in February.
- The Swiss club confirmed the Frenchman would join their backroom team on March 1.
- This would have been Malouda’s first step into football coaching but has taken an odd twist.
- FC Zurich released a statement on their Twitter account announcing his departure.
- This prompted Malouda to tweet back in confusion at not being made aware of the decision.
The Swiss club confirmed Malouda’s arrival two months ago, with the former Blues forward taking up his position in the backroom team on March 1.
However, just over a month later, the club have now released a statement announcing Malouda’s departure by “mutual agreement”.
On the club’s official website, the statement read: “FC Zurich and Florent Malouda have decided by mutual agreement to end the recently started cooperation.
“It turns out that the various projects in which Florent Malouda remains involved are not compatible with the tasks planned by the FCZ.
“We wish Florent Malouda good luck and success on his future career path.”
The Swiss Super League club also tweeted the story on their official Twitter page, which caught the attention of Malouda, who responded in astonishment, saying he had not been informed.
He tweeted: “Really, I didn’t know that??”
really I didn't know that..??
— Florent Malouda (@realflorentm) April 11, 2019
This was set to be Malouda’s first venture into football coaching since his retirement. The Frenchman previously stated his excitement towards working with the Swiss club.
Upon putting pen-to-paper with the club in February, he stated: “I am very motivated to work for the FCZ and the talks with the presidential couple have convinced me, it shares my passion and is as ambitious as I am.”
Those ambitions have now been short-lived for the 38-year-old after his stint at the Stadion Letzigrund has seemingly ended after just two months.
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Malouda explains Chelsea exit
Malouda spent six successful years in west London, winning a Premier League and Champions League title during that time, but his departure from the club was somewhat acrimonious.
The former France international finished his final season without making a single appearance and subsequently left for Trabzonspor in 2013, but he has since revealed why his spell ended on a sour note.
Speaking to Stadium Astro, he said: “What happened is we disagreed on one point. I said something and was not following their recommendation. There was some kind of threat.
“They did the same thing with Nikolas Anelka and Alex. When we won the Champions League. I shared good moments with them. You saw what happened to them.
“So I disagreed with that. I expressed it my way, so there was a threat. But I am not scared of any threat, so I said ‘do what you have to do’. I will not respond.”
Despite this, Malouda went on to state that he has no ill-feelings towards the club, saying that every time he returns to Stamford Bridge he is “respected” by those associated with the club.