Makelele leaves Swans for Belgian club

Claude Makelele has quit his position as Swansea City’s assistant coach to take over at KAS Eupen in the Belgian league.

Swansea boss Paul Clement brought in the former Real Madrid midfielder in January after the duo had worked together under manager Carlo Ancelotti at Paris St-Germain.

The 44-year old takes with Eupen currently rock-bottom of the Belgian top flight, with just two wins from their opening 14 games.

It will be a second managerial role for the former France international after he spent five-and-a-half months in charge of French club Bastia in 2014.

Makelele’s departure will be a blow to Clement, whose Swansea side are currently in the Premier League relegation zone after they suffered a fifth defeat in six games against Brighton on Saturday.

“Everyone at Swansea City would like to thank Claude for his contribution to the club, and wish him well in his career,” said a statement on the club’s website.