Now, years on, Makelele has spoken with FourFourTwo and he has revealed an agreement that he had made with Chelsea to move to Stamford Bridge.
"I had seen how things were going at Real Madrid," he said. "I told Chelsea that 'if I leave, I'll go there'. I made them a promise. "They did everything possible to sign me. I was 30 at the time, but they still paid a significant transfer fee.
Makelele is now working at Chelsea with the club's loan players.