Makelele leaves Chelsea and his ‘technical mentor’ role
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Makelele leaves Chelsea and his ‘technical mentor’ role

Returning to Chelsea in 2019 as a “technical mentor” to certain young players, Claude Makelele left his position according to the English press.

Final applause for Claude Makelele. According to several Englishmen, the former France international (71 caps) is leaving Chelsea where he returned in 2019 as a “technical mentor” to some young players and those on loan following the appointment of Frank Lampard as first team coach. The former midfielder, who played 217 games for the Blues (2003-2008), is said to have quit following a mutual consent agreement.

It is the second departure in just hours from the London club since Spaniard Bruno Saltor, who had taken over as interim Blues bench after Graham Potter was dumped at the end of last season, also packed up.

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Chelsea in crisis

Alongside the commotion behind the scenes, the situation is tense for Chelsea. While the club has multiplied the crazy spending in recent months during the transfer windows, the performances on the pitch have not been quite up to par. Already stripped of the European Cup after last season’s 12th-place finish, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have won just one of their six Premier League games, against Luton Town on August 25 (3-0). Since this success, Malo Gusto’s teammates have had one draw and two losses, the last of which last weekend at home against Aston Villa (0-1). A setback that leaves Chelsea in a worrying 14th place.

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