Malouda voices contract concerns
Chelsea forward Florent Malouda wants the club to show he is "important" to them by offering him an extension to his current contract.
Reports have surfaced suggesting the France winger could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge this summer and despite having a contract with the reigning champions until 2013, the 30-year-old hopes to add an extra year to that deal.
He also wants manager Carlo Ancelotti, who it has been rumoured could lose his job as the Blues face up to a trophyless season, to stay at Stamford Bridge with him. "I just want to feel I am important at the club," he told the Daily Telegraph. "Sometimes I don't feel so when I see in the media that the club are thinking of selling me, and I know I'm doing great.
"I want to be the Ryan Giggs of Chelsea! I want to extend my contract by one year until 2014. The club have been saying that because I am over 30, I have to wait until the last year of my contract to speak about an extension. Questions come into my mind. Do the club want me to stay? I am waiting for a signal from the club. I am much appreciated by the coach. But I need support from the club as well."
Ancelotti's position has come under scrutiny following another Champions League failure and the likelihood that Manchester United will take back the Barclays Premier League title. Malouda, though, does not feel that should affect Ancelotti's position, believing European glory is still achievable under him.
"It's unfair," he added. "He's one of the greatest managers. He's good tactically. He's brought stability to the club, won the double at the first attempt.
"Because we are now out of three competitions and six points behind United, people outside are saying Chelsea should change everything. But all the big clubs have stability. Everybody seems to want to put pressure on Ancelotti but he's really cool. He knows the squad support him. That's the most important thing for him.
"I want Ancelotti to stay. Players come and go but the manager is the key. We can win the Champions League under him one day."