Makelele says he is "obviously sad to leave" while letting the club "take a new approach and direction." The former France midfielder, who played in the 2006 World Cup runner-up team, won two Premier League titles at Chelsea after joining from Real Madrid in 2003.
His time at Chelsea ended after the 2008 Champions League final loss to Manchester United. Makelele's former teammate Petr Cech is expected to be announced as Chelsea's sporting director, and Frank Lampard could return as coach replacing Maurizio Sarri, who is set to leave for Juventus.
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