Former Chelsea and Real Madrid ace Claude Makélélé joins Swansea coaching staff
The former French international goes down as one of the finest midfielders of his generation both in the Premier League and La Liga16:42 Wednesday 11 January 2017, 16:42 11 Jan 2017
Swansea City continue to build their new-look backroom team following Paul Clement's appointment this month and have announced the arrival of former Chelsea and Real Madrid ace Claude Makélélé as a first-team coach.
The 43-year-old has signed a deal until the end of the season one which will see him again work with head coach Paul Clement. Makélélé worked with Clement during his playing stint at Chelsea and as a coach with Paris Saint-Germain.
Makélélé has been named as assistant coach and will work alongside fellow new recruits Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi, as well as goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts.
The Frenchman will be in the dugout for Saturday's clash with Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium.
Makélélé is widely regarded as one of the finest midfielders of his generation in his role as a defensive midfielder and his ability to break up the play is referred to as 'The Makélélé Role'.
He was at the heart of Chelsea's Premier League winning side between 2004 and 2006, as well as winning League Cup medals and the FA Cup. He was also named in the FIFPro World XI in 2005.
He made over 800 appearances during his domestic career, scoring 25 goals and winning 15 trophies.
Swansea have struggled to remain tight defensively so far this season, regularly leaking goals that have cost them points. They have conceded the most goals in the league this season (45 after 20 games) and will look to the Frenchman to help improve their defensive capabilities.
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