Carlo Cudicini also given new role in coaching restructure at the club

Before there was the ‘Jorginho’ role… There was the ‘Makélélé’ role.

Another former Blue has come ‘home’ today, that being the legendary French World Cup winner midfielder, Claude Makélélé.

After leaving the club for Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain back in 2008, Makelele returns to the club after eleven years to become apart of Chelsea’s ever-growing coaching team, with the 46-year-old becoming the club’s ‘Technical Mentor’.

Makelele joins the likes of former Blues in Petr Čech, Jody Morris and (obviously) Frank Lampard in returning to Stamford Bridge this summer, with all those mentioned hopefully will help create the foundations for the (hopefully successful) ‘Homegrown Era’ at the club.

Mainly to be based at Cobham, ‘Maka’ will work with specific, individual academy players, whilst working with players who are currently on loan from the club.

“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.”

He will operate alongside fellow former Blues in Paulo Ferreira and Tore André Flo in his new role. He will also be working alongside another former teammate in Carlo Cudicini, who in other news today, was given a new role at the club of ‘Loan Player Technical Coach’.

The Italian will fill the role that was vacated by another former Blue in Eddie Newton, who was promoted to Frank Lampard’s backroom staff.

The former goalkeeper returned to Chelsea in 2015 as a club ambassador after retiring from playing and in recent seasons, has had dual roles, assisting former managers Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri.

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“I’m really looking forward to this new challenge in my coaching career. ‘The loan programme is an important part of our development pathway for young players at the club and this is an exciting opportunity to work with the next generation of talented players.”

Welcome home Claude and good luck in your new role Carlo.

Terry Sazio

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