Florent Malouda has never been in better shape as he bides his time before leaving Chelsea, according to the midfielder's personal fitness coach.
The France international has not been involved this season after failing to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge in the summer and now finds himself training with the Under-21s after being dismissed by the first-team squad.
Stephane Renaud says that the 32-year-old has no intention of retiring and is instead raring to embark on an exciting new challenge, making the most of his first-team exile in the meantime by spending time with his family and improving his fitness.
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"He is in exceptional fitness, I can assure you," Renaud told France Football. "He does his job the best he can, working hard and having rest. He needed that after the last few seasons with 60 matches.
"The only problem is he doesn't play. He has one year remaining on his contract. When I go to his home, his wife and children are very happy. They can see him more often.
"He is far from wanting to stop his career. He remains very motivated and hopes for a last great challenge. I won't exaggerate and pretend he is living a dream. To be forced to stop is not a blessing but he has taken advantage of it with his physical work and, honestly, I have rarely seen him so fit.
"Is he upset to be training with the youngsters' team? Not at all! He asked for it when the officials locked the door of the professional training sessions."