Chelsea’s Claude Makelele still hasn’t made up his mind whether or not he’ll do a runner come the end of the season. The French international, who at 34 is definitely getting on a bit and has only started four of Chelsea’s thirteen Premier League games this season told The Sun that:
“I will go on as long as I can. I will first take stock after Euro 2008.It will depend on my desire and my physical condition.”
But the fact that Makele has only started a third of Chelsea’s Premier League games is less to do with the fact that there is a new hard regime at Stalag Chelsea ringing the changes and more to do with a private deal between Makelele and his boss Avram ‘The Entertainer’ Grant that lets the Frenchman play fewer games to stay in peak condition. Makelele said:
“It is an agreement which I have with the manager.He understands that I must manage my matches. He needs me in the very, very important games. For the easier matches, it is his decision. That is good for me. I can rest. For me, it is perfect.”
So will Makelele decide to continue to swan around Stamford Bridge, getting a huge paycheque, and playing whenever he feels (also known as the Shevchenko method) or will he grow old gracefully and leave in the summer?