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Swansea City appoint Claude Makelele as Paul Clement's first-team coach

Swansea City have appointed former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Claude Makelele as a coach.

Makelele, 43, will work alongside new manager Paul Clement as the Swans bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Having signed a contract until the end of the season the Frenchman is expected to be in the dugout when Swansea face Arsenal on Saturday.

"I am really excited to be here and I am happy to start working at Swansea," Makelele said. "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."

During a 20-year playing career Makelele won Ligue 1, La Liga, the Premier League and Champions League and was a runner-up with France in the 2006 World Cup final.

The Frenchman worked alongside Clement as a coach at Paris Saint-Germain between 2011 and 2013 and was in charge of Bastia in 2014.

Makelele did not last long in management in Ligue 1.

His spell in management lasted just 13 games before he was sacked in November 2014 and he later had a technical director role at Monaco, but feels his experience of English football will help a Swansea side stuck in the relegation zone.

"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," Makelele told the official club website.

"My role is a general one. Whichever way I can help the players then I will do it. 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.

"English football and the Premier League gave me a lot. I was amazed with the contact, the spirit, the atmosphere -- I loved it. I've experienced it as a player, now I can do it as a coach with Swansea."

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