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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

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By ESPN Staff

Makelele to consider Chelsea future in summer

Chelsea veteran Claude Makelele says he will review his future with the Premier League club at the end of the season.

But the 34-year-old admits that Euro 2008 is likely to be his final major tournament for France.

France secured qualification for the competition thanks to Italy's victory over Scotland, and Makelele is keen to finish his international career on a high.

Meanwhile, Makelele's current Chelsea contract is set to expire in 2009 and he admits he will be forced to review his options next summer.

Makelele told L`Equipe: 'Now we are qualified I hope I will be part of the group.

'I have to perform well this season for my club, and then be fresh and without injury for Euro 2008. It will be my last competition with Les Bleus.

'I have reached a point where playing is just a bonus rather than anything else.'

But Makelele is less than certain about his Stamford Bridge future.

He added: 'Will I go on after my contract in 2009? I don't know. It will depend on my desire and my physical condition. I will go on as long as I can. I will first take stock after Euro 2008.'

Meanwhile Israel defender Tal Ben Haim is anticipating a warm welcome from his English colleagues at Chelsea when he returns later this week.

The Chelsea defender played his part in keeping England's Euro 2008 hopes alive as Israel beat Russia 2-1 in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

Ben Haim said: 'The result is obviously something that has made a lot of my team-mates back at Chelsea very happy.

'But at the same time, I am very happy with the fact we managed to perform so well and get a well deserved victory in front of our home fans, whom we let down by failing to qualify from this campaign.

'We proved to the rest of the world how professional we are, The Russians underestimated us before the match which acted in our favour.'

The Israel side also contained 18-year-old Ben Sahar, who last February became Chelsea's youngest international when still aged 17.

Ben Haim added: 'Some of the younger players also showed that they have a lot to offer and that our national team has a bright future.'

Sahar, currently on loan at QPR, added: 'There was a lot of talk before that maybe we weren't going to play the way we were playing because we weren't qualifying.

'But we came without pressure and we played like we know. England deserve it [to qualify] because they played well against us and Russia and were just unlucky against Russia.'

However, Chelsea winger Florent Malouda will not take part in France's final Euro 2008 qualifier on Wednesday.

France coach Raymond Domenech said: 'Everybody is fit but Florent Malouda, who has left the training camp.'

A knee problem kept the Chelsea winger out of a friendly international with Morocco on Friday - although the player had expressed optimism he would be fit for this week's visit to Ukraine.