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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 April, 2005, 08:19 GMT 09:19 UK
Makelele upholds France decision
Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele says he has no regrets about putting club before country.

The 32-year-old decided to quit playing for France in September and focus on helping the Blues win their first top-flight title for 50 years.

He said: "I made that decision for my own good and for the good of Chelsea.

"I'm still in touch with a lot of the French national team players but I am happy now to be able to commit myself 100% to Chelsea."

The Frenchman stepped aside at international level to give younger players the chance to develop their experience.

Now, with Chelsea just two games away from a Premiership title and three away from a Champions League final, he feels his decision was totally justified.

"Turning my back on France wasn't an easy choice but it was an important one for me and my family," the Frenchman added.

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