Makelele told Madrid president about 22-year-old who Chelsea tried to sign

Chelsea legend Claude Makelele apparently conversed with Florentino Perez about Aurelien Tchouameni ahead of his move to Real Madrid.

Speaking to AS, Makelele admitted that he provided additional information on Tchouameni to the Madrid president before he joined Los Blancos in the summer.

The young midfielder moved from Monaco to the Bernabeu for around £85m.

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He put a lot of the Madrista’s minds at rest, having been pretty coy on his future up until the transfer transpired.

Tchouameni also broke a lot of hearts by setting sail for Spain

Several of Europe’s heavyweights were jostling to sign the France international, a tussle that reportedly included Chelsea.

Graham Potter’s employers had apparently been chasing Tchouameni for some time, a pursuit that seemingly did not waver even when Todd Boehly replaced Roman Abramovich as owner.

But neither Abramovich nor Boehly had the appropriate pulling power to seal the mega deal.

Claude chats to Madrid about Tchouameni

Madrid managed to persuade Tchouameni that La Liga was the appropriate new home for him.

Perez even enlisted the help of a Stamford Bridge icon to get the lowdown on the 22-year-old star.

 “When Tchouameni was about to sign for Real, I spoke with Florentino and he wanted to know more about him,” admitted Makelele, who won two Premier League titles with Chelsea.

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“Chelsea were also interested but if Madrid love you, you should go because it’s the best way to be at your best.”

Makelele actually has much greater ties to Tchouameni than initially meets the eye.

He was Monaco’s technical director in 2016 and also played for Madrid during his excellent playing career.

Plus, he and Tchouameni share the same nationality, as well as a bond for being a defensive minded midfielder.

But you could’ve at least helped the Blues out a little bit, Claude.

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