Florent Malouda has delivered a classy farewell to Chelsea.
The Frenchman was banished to the youth team after refusing to leave in January.
But Malouda, 32, wrote on his website: "Itâ€™s been a real pleasure and an honor to wear the blue shirt for 5 years.
"Coming from Lyon after four successful years with as many champion titles, it was a real challenge to sign for Chelsea FC with the ambition to succeed in the best league in the world: the English Premier League.
"One of the main reason why I decided to sign for this club was to win the European Champions League and I couldnâ€™t imagine a better scenario than winning the best club trophy in the world for my last Chelsea game.
"Over the five years Iâ€™ve defended the clubâ€™s colors, Iâ€™ve really enjoyed the great moments I lived amongst players and technical staff with the aim to deserve the daily support from our loyal fans, and I always tried to make them proud.
"Every good thing must come to an end, and even if I had to wait for a whole season at the clubâ€™s academy, Iâ€™m very proud of all my achievements as a Chelsea player.
"Iâ€™m free now to carry on my career, so I wish all the best to all my blue friends; Iâ€™ll always support Chelsea FC."