Malouda rejects Anzhi link

The French midfielder has started only four games in the Premier

League this season and has not started a match since the Carling

Cup defeat by Liverpool last month. He again appeared as a

substitute in Boxing Day’s draw at home with Fulham and has been

linked with a January exit from Stamford Bridge. Reports have

claimed that the 31-year-old is wanted by Anzhi, but Malouda has

dismissed suggestions he is ready to agree a move to the ambitious

Russian club. “I couldn’t even manage to pronounce the name of this

team,” Malouda told Canal+. “I don’t know from where these rumours

come, when they don’t have any base in reality. “Me, I am someone

who prefers transparency. I don’t have anything to hide, so I’m

telling you the truth.” However, Malouda has acknowledged that he

could be prepared to leave Chelsea to play more regularly after

also being linked with Paris St Germain. The former Lyon winger

added: “My playing time cannot satisfy me. It’s too small compared

to the ambitious I have and so, if necessary, I will go.”

Meanwhile, Anzhi have confirmed the appointment of former Lokomotiv

Moscow boss Yuri Krasnozhan as the club’s new coach. The likes of

Fabio Capello and Guus Hiddink have been linked with the position,

but Anzhi have opted for Krasnozhan to replace Gadzhi Gadzhiyev.