Chelsea legend leaves role as technical mentor at Stamford Bridge
The 50-year-old Claude Makélélé, an iconic player at Chelsea, with over 200 appearances for the club during their dominant phase in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho, has left the club by mutual consent. Makélélé, a former holding midfielder, was part of Chelsea’s success, winning the Premier League title twice, the FA Cup, two League Cups, and finishing as a runner-up in the 2008 Champions League. After his playing career, he returned to Chelsea in 2019 as a technical mentor, working closely with academy players. Bruno Saltor, who worked as a first-team coach under Mauricio Pochettino and former boss Graham Potter, has also left the club. Saltor briefly took charge as caretaker after Potter’s departure and stayed on under Pochettino’s management, but his contract has now been terminated amid ongoing changes at the club.