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Name Pascal Chimbonda
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Club as Player Tottenham Spurs
  Wigan Athletic

2020 01 08 Retrieve

[Pascal Chimbonda has urged Tottenham to try to sign Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in the January transfer window] I do think they need a striker. Harry Kane is out for five or six weeks – who is going to score the goals? Lucas Moura is not a natural striker, Spurs need someone more like Kane, a focal point in the penalty area. Dare I say it, but I think someone like Olivier Giroud fits the bill. It’s obvious Frank Lampard doesn’t fancy him at Chelsea, I’m sure Giroud wants out, so why not him? Yes, he’s a former Arsenal player, but he’s also a World Cup winner and presumably he’s available. I’d take him on loan, but if the opportunity was there to buy him, then I’d buy him. There’s no one else readily available on the market who has his quality

2020 05 11 Retrieve

[Pascal Chimbonda has admitted his infamous transfer request at Wigan Athletic was a mistake] That’s my biggest regret. That changed a lot of things. I didn’t do what I did then maybe I would have joined Manchester United. But when I made this mistake, I threw my chance away. Man Utd didn’t want to sign someone who would do this. Wigan were so mad, they didn’t say anything to me. At the end of the game I gave a written letter to the manager in the dressing room, and he opened it in front of everyone. I wasn’t even showered yet. The chairman was there too and I thought ‘what have I done?’ What a stupid thing to do. We were supposed to meet on the Monday, but I was told the manager doesn’t want to see you. Just go on holiday. That’s my big regret. If I could go back in time, I wouldn’t do this

We were all upset because Martin Jol was close to all of us. After the game we said goodbye and couldn’t really believe it. He left in a really bad way. There was a lot of shock because the players were close to him. Some were crying. In the dressing room, he said he was going. It was really sad, really tough. Every time you asked him something he gave it to you. He trusted you. He was always very straightforward. He was the best manager I had at Tottenham. He was always there at training on the pitch, I like a manager like this. That’s how you see your players, you can’t just ask your assistant because if he doesn’t like one player he might be like, ‘Oh no don’t play him’.

2020 05 16 Retrieve

[Pascal Chimbonda on making the France squad for Germany 2006] When France won the 1998 World Cup, I wasn’t even a professional. I was still in Guadeloupe, watching on TV. And eight years later there I was. I was telling my mum in 1998, ‘You will see me in that team.’ It shows why you should never quit