Makelele sets retirement date
PSG midfielder Claude Makelele has confirmed that he will retire at the end of the 2009/10 season.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 08/08/09 6:07pm
Paris St Germain midfielder Claude Makelele has confirmed that he will retire at the end of the 2009/10 season.
The 36-year-old joined PSG in the summer of 2008 after a spell with Premier League side Chelsea but he has now decided that the new campaign will be his last.
Former France star Makelele, who also spent a successful stint at Real Madrid, insists that even if PSG qualify for the UEFA Champions League he will not continue.
He said in L'Equipe: "We have players like Jeremy Clement and Clement Chantome, who can be surprises in midfield this season.
"They will slowly force me out of the team. In one year, I will end my career. That is for sure, even if we qualify for the Champions League."
Makelele signed a new deal with PSG in July which tied him to the club until the summer of 2010.
PSG begin their Ligue 1 campaign with a trip to Montpellier on Saturday evening.