Nicolas Anelka accuses Chelsea of mistreating ageing stars

Nicolas Anelka
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Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka hits out at the Champions League winners for telling players to "get lost" when they reach the age of 30.

Shanghai Shenhua striker Nicolas Anelka has accused his former club Chelsea of telling players to "get lost" when they reach a certain age.

The 33-year-old, who also acts as a coach for the Chinese outfit, believes that the Champions League winners' treatment of winger Florent Malouda is unfair following news that the Frenchman has been forced to train with the reserves.

"At Chelsea, as soon as you get past 30, you get the impression you're too old," The Express quotes Anelka as saying.

"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."

Anelka left the London club in January after four years at Stamford Bridge.

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