Blues thrilled to meet their overseas fans in Far East

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Despite the glitz, the glamour and the public relations commitments involved in international pre-season tours, Florent Malouda insists the Chelsea squad are fully focused on their training.


The Blues touched down in Kuala Lumpur this morning ahead of their three pre-season friendlies, the first of which will be played there before another in Thailand, and a third in Hong Kong.


But Malouda is confident he and his teammates will not be distracted from their preparations as the club bids to return to the top of the Barclays Premier League table next season.


"In pre-season though, individually and as a group, everybody has to be focused on our training and we have to get back to full fitness because we have to start well," he said.


"We know we start in the Premier League with an away game and we know we have to be in condition to win that game and to try to be on top of the league from the beginning."



Speaking about the tour itself, Malouda expressed his excitement at the prospect of training and playing in front of fans the club usually don't get a chance to visit, and also said that it's beneficial for a club like Chelsea to play smaller opposition against players hungry to get a result.


"There is always a big, big crowd and we play in big stadiums against teams that are really motivated so for us I think it is better when we go on tour like this.


"You play in front of thousands of people and you get the opportunity to meet the people who are supporting you, on the website or on Twitter they are sending messages and so it is good to go in this part of the world.


"It was good that we can train here at our training ground for two weeks and now that we have a lot of games to play, I think for us it is better to go on tour."

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