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Blackburn have terminated the contract of unsettled defender Pascal Chimbonda.

Kean for keeps

Chimbonda, 31, was told by former manager Sam Allardyce in November he could leave this month and new boss Steve Kean has followed that through.

The former Wigan and Tottenham full-back, who has been linked with a number of clubs including QPR and Ipswich, is now free to pursue other options having been released last night.

Kean said: "Pascal left yesterday [Thursday]. We came to an agreement, mutual consent, that his contract is terminated and we wish him all the best wherever he goes.''

Chimbonda made his name in England after moving to Wigan from Bastia in 2005 for the Latics first season in the Premier League. His marauding runs from right-back soon attracted the interest of Tottenham and the Frenchman moved to White Hart Lane at the end of an impressive debut campaign.

After a good start at Spurs, Chimbonda's opportunities fizzled out and in 2008 he was signed by Sunderland, but returned to White Hart Lane five months later. A second unhappy spell in London led to Blackburn swooping 18 months ago, but the full-back has found first-team chances difficult to come by this season.

Having signed Roque Santa Cruz and Jermaine Jones this month, Kean is still looking to add to his squad in the current transfer window but his interest in Birmingham midfielder Seb Larsson looks over.

"We put a bid in but unfortunately it wasn't accepted," Kean said. "We were disappointed because we thought the bid was realistic considering how long he had on his contract. We put in a final offer and that doesn't seem to be enough so maybe that one will fizzle out.''

Rovers have also been linked with Argentinian playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme but Kean says there is little chance of a deal happening.

"Riquelme has probably been offered to all sorts of clubs but he is not one that will be coming.''

Kean is also trying to tie defender Christopher Samba to a new contract. Samba's future has been uncertain since Kean took over from Allardyce last month after quotes attributed to him suggesting he wanted to leave.

"We have opened talks with Chris and had a really great chat with him," Kean said. "We hope to get something to him in writing within the next 24 hours.


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