Former Chelsea star Claude Makelele who is currently working as a technical mentor for the academy and loan players at Stamford Bridge has detailed his role at the club.

“It was nice to return to Stamford Bridge with some other former team-mates like Frank Lampard and Petr Cech,” he said, as quoted by Football London.

“I’m working as a technical mentor for the academy and loan players, which I find very interesting as I deal with a lot of different departments.

“You speak with the players about their performances on the pitch, and about their personal development off the pitch.

“This position has given me some new experiences, which add nicely to the last few years where I’ve touched on a lot of different disciplines, like being in director roles.

“That gave me a better understanding of all the politics within football, which you don’t understand when you’re a player. Once you finish your career, football turns out to be so different.

“Those experiences make me much more of an all-round coach, too. I’m still focused on that side of things, because I love that job, but I need the time to wait for a good project. Right now, I’m developing well in my role at Chelsea, which is fulfilling.”

Makelele left Chelsea for PSG in the summer of 2008 and retired from active football three years later.

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