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Makelele leaves Swansea role for KAS Eupen

Claude Makelele was brought to Swansea by Paul Clement having worked together at PSG. Credit: PA

Claude Makelele has left his position as assistant coach at Swansea to become head coach at KAS Eupen, the Premier League club have announced.

Swans boss Paul Clement added Makelele to his coaching staff in January, having worked alongside him under Carlo Ancelotti at Paris St Germain.

But the 44-year-old is set to return to management at KAS Eupen, who are currently bottom of the top flight in Belgium.

"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 official website.

Makelele's arrival, together with Clement, coincided with the upturn in results which saw Swansea escape relegation last season, eventually finishing 15th in the Premier League.

He will take over a team who are only one point adrift at the bottom of the table in Belgium, despite winning just two of their first 14 games. However, last weekend KAS Eupen scored two last-gasp goals to draw 4-4 at fourth-placed Sint-Truiden.

Makelele's previous managerial experience saw him undertake a five-and-a-half month spell in charge of French club Bastia in 2014.


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Swansea's Bartley ruled out for three months

Kyle Bartley has been ruled out for three months after undergoing knee surgery. Credit: PA

Swansea defender Kyle Bartley has been ruled out for three months after undergoing knee surgery.

Bartley was injured in the Swans' Carabao Cup game at MK Dons on August 22 and was initially expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

But scans revealed the problem was more serious than first feared and the 26-year-old had an operation this week.

Swans boss Paul Clement told his club's official website: "We were disappointed to lose Kyle. He has now had surgery and we expect him to be out for around 12 weeks.

"The period of 12 weeks is an estimate, and we will have to see how Kyle responds to his rehabilitation."

Swansea have bid accepted for Hull midfielder Sam Clucas

Swansea have targeted Clucas following the sale of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton. Credit: PA

Swansea have had a bid accepted for Hull midfielder Sam Clucas and expect the transfer to be completed within the next 48 hours.

Press Association Sport understands the deal is worth £15million with another potential £1.5m in add-ons.

Swansea targeted Clucas following the club-record sale of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton last week for a fee around the £45million mark.

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