Pascal Chimbonda: Carlisle United joins after trial spell

Pascal Chimbonda playing for France at the 2006 FIFA World Cup

Former France and Tottenham defender Pascal Chimbonda has joined League One Carlisle on a three-month deal.

The 34-year-old becomes manager Graham Kavanagh's first permanent signing since being appointed boss last month.

The pair were team-mates at both Wigan and Sunderland, and

"I know what he's capable of. He's been a real breath of fresh air since I invited him to train with us," Kavanagh told the club's official website.external-link

Chimbonda, who was part of France's World Cup squad in 2006, has not played professionally for 18 months after his deal with Doncaster Rovers expired.

He was offered a contract by Conference North side Colwyn Bay in August and also turned out for Market Drayton Town in a pre-season friendly.

"He just wants to play football," Kavanagh added. "He's been playing in non-league football to keep himself fit, not because that's the level he should be playing at.

"We did some testing on Tuesday and I was actually surprised with his levels of fitness. It will take him a few games to get his match fitness back but I think he's got the ability."

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