Nicolas Anelka has launched an attack on his former club Chelsea after accusing the team of disposing of players once they reach 30.
"At Chelsea, as soon as you get past 30, you get the impression you’re too old," the Express reports Anelka as saying.
The Frenchman’s comments come after Florent Malouda, 32, was banished to train with the Chelsea youth team after being unable to agree to a move away from the club. The France international was an influential member of the squad two seasons ago but has drifted from the first team and now finds himself training with the youngsters.
"It’s sad what’s happening to Flo [Malouda]. Two years ago, he was named player of the year,” he said.
It is not just Malouda and Anelka. Brazilian defender Alex and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba are two others that have left the club having entered the later stages of their careers.
Under former manager Andre Villas Boas, England midfielder Frank Lampard was regularly sidelined and he, alongside left back Ashley Cole are another pair whose Chelsea futures may be in doubt.
"Chelsea could react in another way," Anelka declared. "When they need you, you’re the best. When they don’t, get lost."