Claude Makelele‘s departure from Real Madrid in the summer of 2003 was an important event in a turbulent period that also saw the loss of coach Vicente del Bosque and captain Fernando Hierro.

Claude Makelele has lifted the lid on quitting Real Madrid for Chelsea.

Now, years on, Makelele has spoken with FourFourTwo and he has revealed an agreement that he had made with Chelsea to move to Stamford Bridge.

“I had seen how things were going at Real Madrid,” he said. “I told Chelsea that ‘if I leave, I’ll go there’. I made them a promise. “They did everything possible to sign me. I was 30 at the time, but they still paid a significant transfer fee.

“I went to Chelsea because they came to me first. Other teams like Inter and Manchester United approached me, and they had shown interest before I went to Madrid.”

Makelele is now working at Chelsea with the club’s loan players.

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