Claude Makelele: I chose Chelsea over Manchester United

Claude Makelele: I chose Chelsea over Manchester United

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

Claude Makelele has revealed the possibility of leaving Real Madrid for Chelsea.

Now, years later, Makelele has spoken to FourFourTwo and revealed a deal she 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 go, 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 had been interested before I went to Madrid ”.

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

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