Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele admits he came close to signing for PSG.

The French midfielder agreed a new one-year contract at the Bridge this week but was tempted to leave.

He said: "I could have left. I really thought about joining PSG. Returning to France, playing in Paris, it was a real possibility among others.

"But I don't want to talk about it due to my respect for Chelsea.

"There will not be any problems with Chelsea for a long time. Everything will go off smoothly this season.

"We have a big squad at Chelsea which will allow me to have some rest and give me energy for the French team, which is important to me."