Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has criticised the club for their transfer policy with regards to players over the age of 30, with Florent Malouda the latest star to be cast aside.

Malouda has been forced to train with the Chelsea reserves as the club look to shift him out of Stamford Bridge, while Anelka himself was banished from the first-team last season.

Ashley Cole has also been linked with a move away from Chelsea with the club not offering him a contract extension of more than one year, which has also been problem for Frank Lampard.

Chelsea are keen to reduce the age of their squad and, aged 31, 32 and 34 respectively, Cole, Malouda and Lampard fail to feature prominently in Roberto di Matteo's plans moving forward.

Anelka, meanwhile, says it is 'sad' that the club treat their senior pros in such away, and claims Chelsea are effectively telling their veterans to 'get lost'.

“At Chelsea, as soon as you get past 30, you get the impression you’re too old,” he told the Daily Express.

“It’s sad what’s happening to Flo. Two years ago, he was named player of the year.

Chelsea could react in another way. When they need you, you’re the best. When they don’t, get lost.”

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