Real Madrid – La Liga: Makelele: I saw what was happening at Real Madrid and told Chelsea that if I left, I’d sign for them


Real Madrid – La Liga The Frenchman reveals deal with the Blues

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Claude Makelele’s Real Madrid exit caused a bit of a storm at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the early 2000s. The Frenchman departed the same summer as coach Vicente Del Bosque and captain Fernando Hierro, but it was Makelele’s absence that was perhaps the most felt in the side.

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”

“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.” For all his success in London, Makelele never managed to win the Champions League with Chelsea, coming up short in the 2008 final as the Blues fell on penalties to Manchester United. “It’s not my biggest pain,” Makelele said. “Because I had already won the Champions League with Real Madrid.

“I don’t know if that Chelsea were the best team to not win it, but we were brilliant. “In my five seasons there, we reached the semi-finals four times and the final in 2008.” Backed by Roman Abramovich’s money and led by Jose Mourinho on the sidelines, Chelsea went from being a decent Premier League team to a force in English and European football.

Chelsea built that team very quickly and, in addition to coming very close in the Champions League, we won everything in England for a few years. “

“Not many clubs could achieve that,” Makelele added. “A lot of clubs spend billions trying to do it. “Chelsea built that team very quickly and, in addition to coming very close in the Champions League, we won everything in England for a few years.

“It usually takes time to build a spirit like we did. “I remember playing cards while getting ready for games, relaxing and laughing. We had a good atmosphere in the team and no club in the world wanted to play against us.”



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