Blackburn part company with Chimbonda
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Blackburn Rovers have parted company with wantaway defender Pascal Chimbonda by mutual consent, the club confirmed today.

Chimbonda, 31, had been told by former Rovers boss Sam Allardyce that he was free to leave in January and new manager Steve Kean stuck to the agreement. "We came to an agreement, mutual consent, that his contract is terminated and we wish him all the best wherever he goes," Kean said.

The French full-back has been linked to several clubs, including promotion-chasing Championship leaders QPR and struggling Ipswich.

Meanwhile Kean said Rovers hopes of landing Birmingham midfielder Seb Larsson appeared to have fizzled out. "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."