Juninho Pernambucano has told Chelsea winger Florent Malouda to ignore overtures from Brazilian side Santos to play for Vasco da Gama, reports talkSPORT.
The 32-year-old's time in west London appears to be over, after he was banished from the Blues' first-team squad, and ordered to train with the development squad.
Roberto Di Matteo is slowly embarking on phasing out the old guard at Stamford Bridge, which started with the sale of Didier Drogba at the end of 2011/12.
And, after failing to negotiate a move away from Chelsea as he enters the final year of his contract, Malouda is eagerly looking for a new club in January.
Roman Abramovich has made clear that all players over the age of 30 will only be offered one-year deals, meaning there are also doubts over the long-term futures of Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, and John Terry.
With the French international keen to get his career back on track, former Lyon playmaker Juninho - now at Vasco - wants his club to enter the bidding for the want-away Chelsea star.
"I called him to say I want him to play with me," the Brazilian told RMC. "The club is keen but so far it is not possible for economic reasons.
"I think with his quality he could bring a lot to Brazilian football. I still hope he can come here."