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Name Claude Makélélé
Spelling Claude Makelele
Gender Male
Nationality France
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
  Bastia FC Manager
Desc His immense legacy is that a position was defined after him and that Real Madrid were haunted by his sale to Chelsea for years to come. Adept at playing his role without the need to fly into challenges or impose his physicality, Makelele simply pinched possession and kept the ball moving with sheer ease. A master


Org French National Team
Club as Player Chelsea FC
  Real Madrid
  Paris Saint-Germain
Club as Coach Eupen FC
  Bastia FC


Coach Carlo Ancelotti
Teammate Patrick Vieira
Colleague Zinadine Zidane
Girlfriend Thandi Ojeer
  Noemie Lenoir

2016 09 24 Retrieve

[Former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele speaks about comparisons made between himself and new Blues signing N’Golo Kante] This position is so difficult to play. You need leadership. It’s about working with your [midfield] partner, understanding each other. I do like [N’Golo Kanté](n-golo-kante.html), but whether he’ll be better than me at it I don’t know. He needs time to learn the position, to learn more about the game. He’s a young player I like, but I hope he doesn’t get to be better than I was!

2017 01 11 Retrieve

[Claude Makelele joins Swansea as Paul Clement’s assistant coach] I am really excited to be here and I am happy to start working at Swansea. Paul is my mentor. He has taught me a lot of things in my time working with him. When I heard he was back working in the Premier League, I phoned him and asked if I could help him at Swansea. Paul has given me the opportunity to come back to the Premier League, and I’m very grateful because I’ve really missed it. I know him very well and he knows me too. I think I have a lot to give, and hopefully I can help Paul and Swansea

2017 05 26 Retrieve

[Claude Makelele agrees new contract to remain as Paul Clement’s assistant manager] We are very happy that he is going to be staying on because he is very popular. He is a quiet, humble man considering what he did as a player. He has great experience and he has passed that on to the players.

2017 11 06 Retrieve

[Swansea assistant Claude Makelele named head coach of Belgian club KAS Eupen] Everyone at Swansea City would like to thank Claude for his contribution to the club, and wish him well in his career

2019 06 30 Retrieve

[Former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele says Frank Lampard is ready to be manager at Stamford Bridge] At the moment, nothing is decided. For me, it’s good the ex-legends come back to the club. I hope so. I’m sure he wants to give everything for Chelsea. So, of course, I’m happy for this idea of the club to bring back a legend. He’s ready. He knows what is needed to bring success to the club

Frank is someone who is very professional, he focuses on details, focuses about the love he gives for Chelsea. I’m sure he will be a great manager for Chelsea

: 2019 08 02 Claude Makelele will return to Chelsea’s Cobham training base tomorrow as he returns to the Blues as the new Young Player Technical Mentor

2019 08 02b Retrieve

[Claude Makelele rejoins Chelsea as technical mentor to young players] I am very happy to come back home. This club gave me a lot and now I want to give back and help the young Chelsea players dreaming of a career in football. I want to use all my experience to help them become professionals in every aspect and I am looking forward to getting started

2019 09 16 Retrieve

[When it came to picking the best player he ever played with] I’m not going to say Zidane, because he’s my friend and I’m always talking about him! I’m going to say Ivan Helguera, who played in midfield with me at Madrid. We had a great chemistry; we’d train together, we’d eat together. He knew where I’d move on the pitch, I’d know when he was going to push up and try and score. We didn’t even need to talk, just a look was enough to know what the other was going to do

[Makelele was also asked to compare Zidane with the Brazilian Ronaldo] You can’t compare the two! They play different positions - they had different leadership qualities. I trained a lot with both Zidane and Ronaldo, and sometimes I’d stay back after training with Zidane to practise one-on-ones. I know why he wanted to do this, because he wanted to work on his qualities as a dribbler, his movement, because he’d spend every game getting kicked by his markers and he wanted to train like that too. But you just can’t compare him and Ronaldo: they’re both geniuses and both changed world football, but in different ways