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Makelele handed Bastia role

Former France international Claude Makelele has been appointed as the new manager of Ligue 1 side Bastia.

The 41-year-old had been serving as assistant to Laurent Blanc at Paris St Germain but has left that post to replace Frederic Hantz on a two-year deal.

"Sporting Club Bastia is pleased to announce that Claude Makelele will be the trainer for the next two seasons," read a statement on the club's official website.

"He will arrive in Bastia on Monday when he will sign his contract before being presented to the press the next day at 11am.

"The former Paris St Germain man will be assisted in his task by Didier Tholot.

"The great family of Sporting Club de Bastia welcome them."

Makelele began his coaching career when he joined Carlo Ancelotti's staff at PSG following his retirement from playing in 2011.

The former midfielder stayed in the capital when the Italian left for Real Madrid but will now take on his first managerial job on Corsica.

Makelele won 71 France caps in a glittering playing career which saw him represent Celta Vigo, Real Madrid, Chelsea and PSG.