ONWARDS AND UPWARDS

Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

Florent Malouda played for the 200th time in Chelsea colours at Genk on Tuesday night, and has already set his sights on further silverware as he adds to that number.

It was the summer of 2007 when the Frenchman signed from Lyon, a year after playing in the World Cup Final, to link up with Jose Mourinho's squad on tour in America.

Since then there has been Avram Grant, a Carling Cup Final, a Champions League Final, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink, an FA Cup win, Carlo Ancelotti, the Premier League and Cup Double, and Andre Villas-Boas.

Malouda signs for Chelsea

It has been a whirlwind experience, and one that leaves the 31-year-old feeling immense pride.

'The amount of games I have played for the club is something I am really proud of, as I was at my previous club,' Malouda said. 'I was used to playing a lot and that's what I've done since coming to Chelsea.

'We've had great moments winning titles, and now it's 200 games I am looking forward to winning more in the next 100.

'This club is always changing, always trying to improve because it's difficult to compete with the best teams every year. The competition is getting bigger with clubs investing heavily but it is not all about investment, it is about philosophy and we are going the right way.

'We've won trophies, have a Premier League record for the goals we scored and now we are trying to improve our passing game. The quality has always been there and the ambition is always there, it's the trademark of the club.'

When it was put to him that for an overseas player to have achieved so much in his time at the club, he is likely to be remembered as a Stamford Bridge legend, the winger found it impossible to suppress a smile.

Malouda - Chelsea

'I think it's down to what we achieved during these 200 games,' he explained. 'We made history, winning the Double and sharing many great moments. I really feel like I contributed to that, to the club's great history, and I think we will all be Chelsea legends in the future.'

His choice of one favourite game could be controversial, given that we ended a rain-sodden evening in Russia as runners-up.

'Even though it was a bad moment it would be the Champions League Final in Moscow because we were so close,' he said. 'That's where everybody wants to be, and that would be my favourite game.

'The favourite moment is the parade after we won the Double, and that's the kind of thing we all want to do again so we look forward to winning more trophies and celebrating more success.'