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The Chelsea winger believes he is deserving of a call-up to Raymond Domenech's Les Bleus side.

Chelsea winger Florent Malouda, who began his Blues career in underwhelming fashion only to blossom under interim manager Guus Hiddink, believes his current form warrants a national call-up.

Furthermore, the 29-year-old, formerly of Olympique Lyonnais, is adamant that he is not "an ugly duckling" of the French national side.

"I am glad to play at the level which is right for me, so I feel good," he explained to French journal L'Equipe. "If I am here it is because I have a role to play.

"My performances are being recognised and that pleases me.

"I am not an ugly duckling," he protested.

Malouda continued by remarking that despite the notion that suggests otherwise, there is indeed competition for his role at Chelsea, from flair midfielder Joe Cole, and now summer recruit Yuri Zhirkov.

"When I play there is the impression that there are no other options, but the figures show the opposite.

"I am proud of what I do with Chelsea," he concluded.

Alan Dawson, Goal.com

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