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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 June 2007, 22:17 GMT 23:17 UK
Malouda keen to seal Chelsea deal
Florent Malouda
Malouda has been linked with Chelsea and Liverpool
France midfielder Florent Malouda insists he is determined to move to Chelsea, despite Lyon rejecting a 12m bid for him this week.

Malouda, 27, told French newspaper Le Progres: "It would be better for everyone if my transfer to Chelsea is finalised because I want to leave.

"I have made my choice. I have talked with the coach Jose Mourinho.

"The directors know I want to leave and in these conditions I can't see me playing for Lyon anymore."

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says Malouda can leave the French champions - but only for the right price.

Aulas told his club's website: "We will help him to leave if we get offers to the level we are expecting but if there are not any such offers he will stay."

Lyon have put a 17m price tag on the player and have already lost another French international, Eric Abidal, to Barcelona this week.

606: DEBATE

Malouda, who has also been linked to Liverpool, added: "Even if another club is ready to offer more money, I am determined (to go to Chelsea) and have been for a while."

If he does move to Chelsea, Malouda will link up again with Didier Drogba, with whom he enjoyed success at Guingamp in 2002-03.



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