Tiemoue Bakayoko has fitted in seamlessly since joining Chelsea from AS Monaco during the transfer.
The 23-year-old midfielder admits he is motivated to reach the same level Makelele reached at Chelsea while also crediting Didier Drogba for inspiring an interest in Chelsea from an early age.
“Everyone has targets, and we all have to set ourselves these objectives and push the boundaries of what we can achieve,” Bakayoko told The Guardian.
“Claude Makelele is an example to aspire to. So to have the chance to follow in his footsteps here at Chelsea is a real motivation.
“Since I started playing football I’ve always dreamed about playing for certain clubs. Chelsea was certainly one of those.
“When I was little I was inspired by Didier Drogba, and my family always spoke to me about Makelele, so Chelsea’s always been a club that attracted me.
“Last season I watched them, seeing how best I could play with them. I really thought they were the team in which I could express myself and take my football on.”