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Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele has left Chelsea and will link up with Paris St Germain after he and his lawyer met with Peter Kenyon at Stamford Bridge on Monday. The Frenchman whose service for Chelsea has been immaculate and his contribution immense, will join the Parisian club on a free transfer after five years in London at Stamford Bridge.

He will link up with PSG manager Paul Le Guen later this week after he says his goodbyes to the Chelsea squad and staff before they prepare to fly out to China later this week. He purchased several Chelsea 1st team shirts in the Megastore on Monday afternoon to give to friends as a reminder of his time at Stamford Bridge.

Makelele joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in 2003 and was signed by Claudio Ranieri but it was under José Mourinho that the players worth came to the fore.

During his time with Chelsea, he won two League Titles, an FA Cup and League Cup winners’ medal and played in the side that won the Charity Shield at the Millennium Stadium in 2005. He also played in the Champions League Final last May in Moscow against Manchester Utd.

Internationally, he played 71 times for France and played in the 2006 World Cup Final, a game the French lost on penalties.

He scored just two goals for Chelsea, his first in the final league match of the 2004 / 2005 season when Chelsea beat Charlton at Stamford Bridge. With the game approaching its end and the score 0-0, Chelsea were awarded a penalty and his team mates pushed Makelele forward to take it.

Although it was saved, he followed up to knock home the rebound, a goal that prompted the popular terrace chant of “Have you ever seen Maka score a goal? (yes we have!)â€. His second was a memorable strike at Three Point L*ne against Sp*rs, a match that saw Chelsea lose their unbeaten run against their deadly rivals who were, in beating The Blues 2-1, ably assisted by former poseur and ex-referee Graham Poll who sent off John Terry.

We here at cfcuk.net would like to thank Maka for everything he has done for Chelsea and we wish him the best of luck for the future. Bonne chance et merci!

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wow. If true, its really the end of an era. Thank you Maka, so much, for everything

In the last five years, I would venture to say Maka was equally pivotal to the silverware we have won as were Lamps and JT. And like Jose, Im sure we wont full realize how great he was until we see the team without him.

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theres nothing official any where yet

but if there is any truth in it

thanks maka, your name will be mentioned with the legends at the bridge for many years to come, and good luck with your future

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I think it probably is true and if so best of luck of to him.

One of the best players ive ever seen put on the shirt and absaloutly instrumental in our success and IMO an unqualified world class player..

Thanks for the good time maka

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I thought he'd just signed a one year contract extension with us?

Either way, if he does leave, he leaves with nothing but great amounts of admiration from me and many other chelsea fans and followers all over the world. I remember when he was asked why he was considered the best holding midfielder in Europe, he simply ansered "Because I am!" Went about his business professionally, and quietly; a true gentleman, and we were lucky to have him at our club

Lets not forget how Real faired after he left their squad! Who else has an actual position named after him? I know Fleck might;ve been trying

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Could really be a blessing in disguise. Will be a great loss, but frankly after being used frequently by Grant and then playing the EURO, I'm not sure how much Maka has left in him.

His exit would open up a permanent slot for Essien and more games for Mikel. Sadly, we lost Diarra who would have been the perfect replacement, as Mikel isn't really a DMF.


On a side note, Essien has played in all positions except as keeper and striker for us, quite an achievement!

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Chelsea are also set to sell Tal Ben Haim to Manchester City for £5m early next week, meanwhile, but Claude Makelele has informed the club that he has turned down the chance to join Paris St-Germain and wants to remain at Stamford Bridge.

Just 24 hours after Wayne Bridge gave Chelsea a boost by signing a new four-year deal, Makelele has, after returning from a holiday in the United States, been reassured by Scolari that he figures in his plans.

The 35-year-old midfielder – who has just one year left on his contract at Chelsea – has been mulling over a tempting two-year offer from PSG which, although it amounted to less than his current salary, included the option of a further season. But Makelele, who is settled in England and has two children at school here, always intended to speak to Scolari before making a final decision.

The Sun or the Indie - who do you believe?

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Claude's having a medical at PSG tomorrow apparently

farewell maka. he was magnificent for us, only player in history to have a position named after him. was worth every penny we paid for him. and is leaving at exactly the right time in my opinion. considering the position he plays needs an incredibly fit and athletic player, i think next season would have been one season too many for us. hopefully he passed on his knowledge and experience to players like mikel, essien, bridcutt, woods etc. thank you maka, and good luck in the future.

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Sky Sports News understands Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele is due to undergo a medical at Paris St Germain on Saturday.

Makelele has been strongly linked with a move to the Parc des Princes in recent weeks, with PSG coach Paul Le Guen confirming his interest.

Le Guen claimed earlier this month that he had held talks with the former France international and the interest appears to have gathered pace.

The 35-year-old is understood to be travelling to France to have a medical ahead of a proposed return to Ligue 1 football.

The former Real Madrid anchor man has 12 months left on his current contract at Chelsea and has previously suggested he would be keen on an extension.

However, his five-year stint at Stamford Bridge, during which he has made almost 220 appearances, seems to be drawing to a close.

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I wish he couldve rode off into the sunset with a CL medal at Chelsea, but it wasnt to be

Best of luck to Maka. I hope he, Thuram (if he ever plays again) and Giuly can revive their fortunes. I would love to see them lead a revival and knock Lyon off their perch

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The man with a position named after him...

it is no coincendence that Real Madrds downturn in form and Chelsea's upturn in my opinion. Made my jaw drop at times the way he would get out of a tight spot in Midfield.. Brilliant player one of our best ever !

Loved the way he plays with a smile on his face alos, and the goals ! thanks for both of them :proud:

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