Florent Malouda joined Chelsea in 2007, and spent six successful years at Stamford Bridge, having won a Premier League title, three FA Cups and a Champions League trophy.
The Frenchman was an instant hit at Stamford Bridge and won the admiration of fans with his direct style of play, as well as energy and pace.
However, Malouda’s relationship with the club ended on a sour note and he didn’t make a single appearance in his final season at the club, with reports claiming that the Frenchman refused to take an £80,000 pay cut during the summer.
Malouda was removed from the Chelsea squad in all competitions, and he ended up leaving for Turkish side Trabzonspor the next summer.
Malouda has now opened up on what really transpired between him and the club.
Speaking on League of Legends, the 38-year-old said: “What happened is we disagreed on one point.
“I said something and was not following their recommendation.”
“There was some kind of threat.
“They did the same thing with Nikolas Anelka and Alex. When we won the Champions League.”
Anelka left Chelsea in 2012, revealing that then manager Andre Villas-Boas had banned him from using the first-team car park. While Alex had a transfer to Queens Park Rangers collapse.
Speaking on the treatment of Anelka and Alex, Malouda added: “So I disagreed with that.
“I expressed it my way, so there was a threat.
“But I am not scared of any threat, so I said ‘do what you have to do’.
“I will not respond.”