Malouda rejects Anzhi link

Midfielder is disappointed by his lack of playing time at Chelsea

Florent Malouda: Chelsea midfielder wants to play more after denying he has agreed to join Anzhi Makhachkala

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Florent Malouda has denied reports he has agreed a deal to join Anzhi Makhachkala, but admits he is unhappy at his lack of playing time at Chelsea.

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.

Nothing to hide

"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.

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"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.