Florent Malouda has sighted football stalwarts Ryan Giggs and Javier Zanetti as players he hopes to emulate, with the Chelsea star planning to play on for many more years to come.
Malouda is now 31-years-old, but the winger is showing no signs of slowing down, continuing to be a part of the Chelsea manager’s plans in the starting line up, as well as in the France national team.
And the star insists that he is looking to 37-year-old Giggs and 38-year-old Zanetti, who have each made over 500 appearances for Manchester United and Inter Milan respectively, for inspiration in his performances.
"Ryan Giggs and Javier Zanetti are the references for me in terms of my career, just as Paolo Maldini was,” Malouda said.
"It happens less and less these days, but it’s an extraordinary thing to stay at a club that can win everything and remain competitive into your 30s.
"It’s true that we play less, but we still give an awful lot on the pitch."
Malouda moved to Chelsea from Lyon in 2007, and has made 127 appearances for the club since.
Giggs showed just how useful over 30s can be to a club, winning the Golden Foot award last night. Giggs beat the likes of David Beckham and Didier Drogba to claim the title, and will be etched in Monte Carlo’s ‘Champions Promenade’ as a result.
And in six years time, Malouda will be hoping to be a starter in the Chelsea line-up as Giggs so often still is for the Red Devils.