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A number of Chelsea legends and heroes have returned to the club to assist Frank Lampard, and reports claim that some are still expected to return to the club.
Chelsea legend Claude Makélélé is reportedly set to return to the club as the new “Young Player Technical Mentor” — as reported by Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella.
Makelele is probably just an extension of what Eddie Newton used to do for the loanees before joining Lampard’s coaching staff this summer.
The Frenchman will also fulfill ambassadorial duties, and will join Carlo Cudicini as one of the two new faces in this department alongside old hands Paulo Ferreira, Christophe Lollichon, and possibly Tore Andre Flo in the loanee department.
Since retiring from his playing career, Makelele has been active in coaching, and was assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at PSG, and has also tried his hand at management with SC Bastia, where he lasted two months, and KAS Eupen, where he’s spent the last two years.
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes the Blues can challenge for the title this season despite the club’s inability to sign players this summer.
“The only way I know to change that gap is through absolute hard work and focus,’ said Lampard.
“Those basics don’t change, and with the transfer ban there is even more clarity because we can’t bring in players.
“Every day I read City are buying and Manchester United are going to buy. All these teams are going to do business and that’s going to strengthen them.
“So we have to be realistic, but then I see every day the quality we have here. And I think about the players not here like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Antonio Rudiger and Reece James, and I think we have a competitive squad. I believe in them and there’s more because we have a lot of younger players.
“There can be an uplift. That’s not me saying I’m going to make the difference.
“It will be the players who make the difference.
“So there’s the challenge. Now, can we win the league? It’s going to be a big ask. But we have to set out with that mind-set.”