Football's hangers-on culture give Malouda the Blues
Published 23:00 08/12/10 By Neil McLeman
Florent Malouda has claimed Didier Drogba is his only friend in football because he hates hangers-on in the game.
The Chelsea star has donated £250,000 to promote a DVD for his charity One Love which is helping earthquake relief in Haiti. And the France midfielder admits he gives generously to his family back home in Guyana.
But apart from Drogba, his Chelsea team-mate he first played with at French club Guingamp, he insisted he shuns the entourages which surround many Premier League stars.
“I don’t have a lot of friends who live off me - it is for this reason I don’t mix much,” Malouda said. “I don’t have a lot of friends in football. One or two, no more.
“People say I am anti-social. But it is difficult to integrate into professional football. It is for that reason that I always say that I will work in football but not pro football. Everywhere there is money, there are problems with human relations people who think about making money and the exploitation of others.”
But Malouda told French magazine So Foot he has never asked Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich where his money came from.
“Honestly, I don’t even know what his companies are called,” he added. “I never asked the question. I would like to be in his place, I would like him explain to me how he has done it. And I say to him thank you, because he has really used his money well.”