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Makelele to assist Clement at Swansea

Makelele to assist Clement at Swansea

Swansea have announced that Claude Makelele has joined the club's coaching staff as Paul Clement's assistant manager.

The former France international is reunited with Clement, whom he worked with as a player at Chelsea, and more recently the pair were part of Carlo Ancelotti's backroom staff at Paris Saint-Germain.

Makelele stepped into his first managerial role with Bastia in 2014, but parted company with the French club after just under six months at the helm, before being appointed technical director at Monaco.

The 43-year-old, who will work alongside fellow new arrivals Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi at the Liberty Stadium, is relishing the opportunity to aid his "mentor" and the struggling Swans in the Premier League.

"I am really excited to be here and I am happy to start working at Swansea," Makelele told the club's official website.

"Paul is my mentor. He has taught me a lot of things in my time working with him. When I heard he was back working in the Premier League, I phoned him and asked if I could help him at Swansea.

"Paul has given me the opportunity to come back to the Premier League, and I'm very grateful because I've really missed it. I know him very well and he knows me too. I think I have a lot to give, and hopefully I can help Paul and Swansea."

He added: "The aim is to keep Swansea in the Premier League, and I will do my best to help make the players happy and raise their performances.

"My role is a general one. Whichever way I can help the players then I will do it. I have a lot of experience and I think I can help.

"Swansea have a lot of quality. I know, given my time as a footballer, that your confidence can drop, and hopefully I can help raise their confidence.

"Swansea have done very well in the Premier League – they have been there a long time now – and we want to stay in the league."

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