West Brom midfielder Mulumbu reveals massive Chelsea influence on career
"Makelele was a big influence for me," Mulumbu told the WBA website.
"I could speak to him and ask him questions and I have a little bit of regret that I couldn't play with him.
"But he was a very good influence on me because he came from the same country and he played in the same position.
"He was the best player who could possibly have helped me. I was only 21 when he came in. But I am still learning now and the gaffer and I have chats because he played in the same position.
"Eddie also played in that position so we speak a lot - all the time.
"Even in the games we speak about my position, what I have to do and where I have to play the ball."