Chelsea releases Malouda, Ferreira

Florent Malouda and Paulo Ferreira are among a handful of players who will leave Chelsea this summer.

The club released a list of players on Friday who will not be returning to Stamford Bridge, and that list also includes Yossi Benayoun as well as goalkeepers Ross Turnbull and Hilario.

Malouda was an important part of Chelsea's success after joining the team in 2007 from Lyon.

The 32-year-old made 230 appearances for the Blues during his time at the club, but his last match came as a substitute in Chelsea's Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich over a year ago.

Ferreira enjoyed a nine-year spell with the club and won three league titles, while Benayoun was unable to land a new contract after spending last season on loan at Arsenal.