Chelsea football club have beefed up their old boys network once again by confirming new coaching roles for former players Claude Makelele and Carlo Cudicini.

Former France midfielder Makelele has returned to Stamford Bridge as a technical mentor to young players, with Cudicini stepping into a new role as loan player technical coach.

Makelele is back at Chelsea for the first time in 11 years, having had coaching roles at Paris St Germain, Bastia, Swansea and Belgium’s Eupen since his 2011 playing retirement.

Cudicini formed part of both Antonio Conte’s and Maurizio Sarri’s backroom staff, but while he has not been retained in Frank Lampard’s first team set-up, the ex-Blues goalkeeper will remain at the west London club.

“I am very happy to come back home; this club gave me a lot and now I want to give back and help the young Chelsea players dreaming of a career in football,” said Makelele, who made 217 Blues appearances and won two league titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups.

“I want to use all my experience to help them become professionals in every aspect and I am looking forward to getting started.”

Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban has new boss Lampard ready to hand a clutch of talented youth stars an extended first-team run this term.

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