Sunday 01 September 2013

On this day in 2003: Chelsea announce signing of Claude Makelele

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the France midfielder moving to Stamford Bridge

  • Makelel signed for Chelsea from Real Madrid minutes before the transfer window closed

  • The Frenchman redefined the screening defensive midfield role

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 1 September 2003 – Chelsea announce arrival of Makelele

Chelsea announced that they had signed Claude Makelele from Real Madrid just minutes before the transfer window was due to shut. The 30-year-old France midfielder signed a four-year deal to become the 11th signing by Claudio Ranieri since the takeover of Roman Abramovich earlier in the summer.

"Everbody is talking about Chelsea,” Makelele told Chelsea TV. β€œReal Madrid is no different to anyone. There's lots of interest, everybody is talking about the ambition of the London club, Chelsea."

Makelele became a key component of the Chelsea side that Jose Mourinho inherited a year later and took to two Barclays Premier League titles, in 2004/05 and the following season.

In total he played in 144 Barclays Premier League matches for Chelsea, scoring two goals.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Claude Makelele came to Chelsea