Florent Malouda has been left out of Chelsea's Champions League squad

Florent Malouda: Will not be involved in the group stage of Chelsea's European campaign

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Chelsea have omitted Florent Malouda from their 22-man squad for the group phase of the UEFA Champions League.

The Blues are preparing to defend their European crown and have submitted a list of names to UEFA.

Malouda does not figure in their plans for the first stage of the competition, casting further doubt over his future at Stamford Bridge.

The 32-year-old has not featured in any of Chelsea's matchday squads this season and has been heavily linked with a move elsewhere.

A transfer to Brazilian giants Santos reportedly collapsed due to the wage demands of the France winger, who has been at Chelsea for five years.

The Blues let Raul Meireles join Fenerbahce on Monday, while Michael Essien moved to Real Madrid on a season-long loan during Friday's transfer deadline day.

Veteran goalkeeper Hilario was also omitted from the Champions League squad.