Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas wants head coach Remi Garde to decide whether a bid should be launched for out-of-favour Chelsea winger Florent Malouda.

The 32-year-old, former Les Gones star, has been forced to train with the Blues youth team, after being left out of his current club's Premier League and Champions League squads.

Malouda is in the final 12 months of his contract at Stamford Bridge, and so will be available for a cut-price fee when the transfer window reopens in January, after he was completely omitted from Roberto Di Matteo's first-team plans.

The midfielder swapped Lyon for Chelsea in 2007, leaving Stade de Gerland for an undisclosed fee - reportedly around £13million - and has enjoyed five successful seasons in west London.

With one Premier League title, three FA Cups, and a Champions League medal to his name, there is no doubt that the transfer was good for his career, even in light of his status plummeting over the past three months.

A return to his former club will probably be an attractive option for a player who hasn't made a single senior appearance this season, though the prospective opportunity lies solely in the hands of Lyon's manager.

"Honestly, I don't think there is any evidence Flo has ended his career," Aulas told Le Progres. "I can't say whether we're interested. It is for Remi to judge. We'll see."

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