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EPL side appoint Chelsea legend Makelele as coach

EPL By: Collins Udeme | 11/01/2017

EPL side appoint Chelsea legend Makelele as coach

Swansea City have appointed ex-France and Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele as their new assistant manager.

The 43-year-old reunites with new boss Paul Clement, who he worked with as a player for Chelsea from 2007-2008, and as a coach with Paris St-Germain under manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Swansea in an official statement on its website wrote: "Swansea City is pleased to confirm that former French international Claude Makelele has joined the club’s coaching staff.

"The former Real Madrid, Chelsea and PSG midfielder has been named as an assistant coach, and will work alongside Clement’s fellow new recruits Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi, as well as goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts.

"The 43-year-old, who has signed a deal until the end of the season."

Makelele will get his first taste of the Liberty on Saturday when he’s in the dug-out for the Swans’ Premier League fixture with Arsenal.

At international level, Makelele won 71 caps for France and helped them to the World Cup final in 2006, where they were beaten by Italy.

After hanging up his boots, Makelele was appointed coach at Paris Saint-Germain, where he would link up again with Clement.

His first foray into management followed, with Makelele spending just under six months in charge of Bastia before taking up a technical director role with Monaco.

He made over 800 appearances during his domestic career, winning 15 trophies including two Premier League titles with Chelsea and the Champions League with Real Madrid in 2002.