Date: 25th May 2014 at 5:26pm
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Whilst at Stamford Bridge, Claude Makalele became something of a hero.

The manner in which he went about his play, winning the ball, keeping things simple and making passes of never more than ten yards, made him an enigma.

Such was his influence in front of the back-four that a whole new position was named after him. Only occasionally did Makalele do something out of the ordinary, namely that wonder-strike at White Hart Lane when Chelsea (swallow hard) lost 2-1 to Spurs, but whenever he wasn`t in the starting eleven you knew something was missing.

Therefore, it`ll be interesting to see how Makalele gets on after leaving the comfort of being Laurent Blanc`s assistant at Paris St Germain to take over the managers` role at Ligue 1, Bastia.

Here at Vital Chelsea we wish 41 year-old Claude all the best.