Former Wigan and Tottenham right-back Pascal Chimbonda has had his contracted terminated at Blackburn, reasons being “mutual consent”.
Chimbonda had an instant impact on the Premier League when he made the step up with Wigan and was soon snapped up by wheeler-dealer Harry Redknapp for an overwhelming £4.5M in 2006 playing 65 games for Spurs, who soon, as we’ve come to know Harry, forwarded the Frenchman onto Blackburn for a fee of £2-5M in 2009.
Chimbonda enjoyed his early days at the Lancashire club but with the arrival of Real Madrid veteran Michael Salgado he was edged ever so slightly towards the bench. It was a disappointing end to a player who had played considerably well during his time in the Premier League and yesterday it was announced that his contract had been terminated by mutual consent.
QPR immediately snapped the versatile right-back up for a contract running until the end of the season, along with Wayne Routledge, further strengthening their squad to return to the top flight for the first time in just over 14 years.
Chimbonda said: “This is a good opportunity for me to be re-born as a footballer. Neil Warnock has given me a chance here and hopefully I can help QPR win promotion to the Premier League.
“I want to play good football here and enjoy myself on the pitch.
“The style of football that QPR play suits me, and this will provide a good challenge for me.
Routeledge has signed for QPR until the end of the season following his unsuccessful attempt at gaining first team football at St. James’ Park, outshadowed by Argentine Jonas Gutierrez on the right-wing.