By Dominic Toner
Claude Makelele has returned to the Premier League to join Swansea’s coaching staff – and Chelsea fans have expressed their delight on Twitter that their former player is back in England.
Swansea confirmed on their official website that the 43-year-old has linked up with manager Paul Clement, who he previously worked with at Chelsea as a player and Pairs Saint-Germain as a coach.
The Swans have announced that the Frenchman is now their assistant coach and will be in the dug-out for the club’s game against Arsenal on Saturday.
Makelele will be hoping to improve a struggling Swansea side as they try to fight relegation from the top-flight.
The former French international had a successful spell in England as a player, winning two Premier Leagues, two League Cups and an FA Cup with Chelsea.
The Blues supporters are thrilled to see their former midfielder back in the Premier League as a coach.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Conte Passion (@VesleyR_CFC) January 11, 2017
— JS (@TheFantasticoJS) January 11, 2017
Now need to send Ruben to Swansea. Perfect schooling under Makelele #cfc
— didierprince (@siddiquebutex) January 11, 2017
Fair play to Makelele
— Max (@SeriouslyCFC) January 11, 2017
— Lane 〽️ Dias (@manuelinhoxo) January 11, 2017
@BBCSport go on Claude
— KingDidier (@Akybeast) January 11, 2017
Makelele has a mammoth impact during his time in England and his qualities in defensive midfield saw his position named the “Makelele role”.
The ex-Real Madrid man was the perfect shield in front of the defence and was the unsung hero of Chelsea’s glory years.
The Blues currently have a similar player in N’Golo Kante in their side and he will be hoping to emulate the great Makelele.