Makelele might move on

23 May 2007 12:09
Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele is in no rush to leave Stamford Bridge, despite rumours of a summer approach from Villarreal. The 34-year-old France international still has another year of his current Blues deal to run, but may be allowed to move on due to the emergence to Lassana Diarra and John Obi Mikel. Chelsea have also agreed a deal for Reading's Steve Sidwell, meaning Makelele's first-team opportunities may be further limited. His agent, Jimmy Ladjemi, told Spanish radio station Cadena Sur: "Makelele has a contract with Chelsea and we are going to wait and see what they will do for next season. "The player cannot negotiate with any club because he has not finished his contract with his current club. "We don't know what is happening. He has not sat down with Chelsea yet and he still has one year left on his contract. "It is not surprising that many clubs want him. He is a very good player, but we are not allowed to talk to anyone until we see what Chelsea want to do."

Source: ESA