Claude Makelele

Technical mentor

Chelsea legend Claude Makelele returned to the club in August 2019 as a technical mentor to our young players.

He is based largely at our Cobham training ground, working closely with individual Academy players, tracking technical performances in both training and matches as they reach a critical point in their professional development.

He also works with Chelsea players out on loan, visiting them at their clubs and providing regular match feedback.

During his five years as a player with Chelsea, Makelele made 217 appearances as an influential holding midfielder, scoring twice. During that time he lifted two league titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups, as well as helping us to the 2008 Champions League final, which proved to be his last game for the club.

After seeing out his career at Paris Saint-Germain, he joined their coaching staff under Carlo Ancelotti before following former Chelsea coach Paul Clement to Swansea City as assistant manager. Before returning to Chelsea he worked as manager of Belgian top-flight side Eupen, having also managed Bastia in 2014.

Makelele operates alongside fellow former Blues Carlo Cudicini, Paulo Ferreira and Tore Andre Flo in his new role.