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 Posted by ESPN Staff
May 10, 2006

Jewell angered as Chimbonda transfer saga rumbles on

Wigan boss Paul Jewell has been left amazed by Pascal Chimbonda's agent's version of the events which led to the French defender submitting his shock transfer request.

The right-back asked for a move just minutes after Sunday's final game of the season, a 4-2 loss at Arsenal.

Jewell and chairman Dave Whelan were left fuming at the actions of Chimbonda, who joined Wigan last summer for £500,000 from Bastia.

The Frenchman has been put up for sale, but for nothing less than £6million, with Chimbonda's agent Willie McKay's comments rankling with Jewell.

Jewell said: 'I saw one quote where he said Pascal panicked in putting in his transfer request because he didn't think I was going back on the bus.

'He must be a mindreader because how he knew that I don't know, and then he said the player did it because he was going on his holidays.

'Well, the players knew they were coming in today, so he could have easily handed in his request today.

'He also said that Pascal saw Wigan as 'a stepping stone'. Well if we are a stepping stone, why did he sign a new contract in January?'

Jewell had his players in for an end-of-season briefing, with Jimmy Bullard in to say his final farewells after recently agreeing to a £2.5million move to Fulham, and all were present except Chimbonda.

'I told him to stay away,' stated Jewell. 'I don't think the players would have been too welcome towards him, and I didn't really want to see him anyway.

'I've no problem with players asking for a transfer. I'm a big boy and I know it happens, but it was the manner in which it was done that upset me.

'His team-mates didn't deserve what he did to them after the game on Sunday.'

The bitter feud does not necessarily mean Chimbonda's days with Wigan are numbered, however, as Jewell added: 'You never say never.

'The scenario is simple, if somebody gives us the money we want then he can go.

'But if he doesn't go, he stays here and gives his best and he is the best right-back in the club, then he will play.

'If he doesn't want to give his best then he won't play, but I'm not totally resigned to starting next season without him.

'Nothing is cast in stone, and the goal-posts can move very quickly. If I think it's right he plays, then he will. If I don't, he won't.'

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