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Makelele close to the end

19 Nov 2007 - 11:19:11

Chelsea's veteran midfielder Claude Makelele has said that next summer's Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland will mark the end of his international career.

The 34-year-old France international helped his country navigate their way through a group in which they lost to Scotland twice, but he has no intention of prolonging his international career beyond next summer.

Makelele has hinted that he could even retire from club football when his Chelsea contract expires in 2009 after finding first-team opportunities limited recently - he has made only four Premier League appearances for the Blues so far this term.

"Now we are qualified I hope I will be part of the group," Makelele told L'Equipe.

"I have to perform well this season for my club, and then be fresh and without injury for Euro 2008. It will be my last competition with Les Bleus.

"I have reached a point where playing is just a bonus rather than anything else.

"Will I go on after my Chelsea contract finishes in 2009? I don't know. It will depend on my desire and my physical condition.

"I will go on as long as I can. I will first take stock after Euro 2008."


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