Former France international Claude Makelele has joined Premier League side Swansea City as assistant coach, after having agreed a deal until the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

Makelele reunites with new boss Paul Clement, who he worked with as a player for Chelsea from 2007-2008, and as a coach with Paris St-Germain under manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Makelele said: “I am really excited to be here and I am happy to start working at Swansea. Paul is my mentor. He has taught me a lot of things in my time working with him. When I heard he was back working in the Premier League, I phoned him and asked if I could help him at Swansea.

“I’m very grateful because I’ve really missed to come back to the Premier League. I know him very well and he knows me too. I think I have a lot to give, and hopefully I can help Paul and Swansea.”

It is understood that the 43-year-old will act as assistant to Paul Clement at the Liberty Stadium, with fellow new recruits Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi also forming part of the senior coaching set-up in Wales.

Makelele represented Nantes, Marseille, Celta Vigo, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain during a successful playing career.

  • Makelelele had been out of work since leaving his managerial role with Bastia in 2014.
  • He was capped 71 times by the French national team, though, he was born in Congo-Kinshasa.
  • Makelele will be in the dug-out for the Swans’ Premier League fixture with Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.

Full article at BBC