Pascal Chimbonda resisted a move to France or Portugal for Carlisle United
Pascal Chimbonda has revealed he turned down France and Portugal to be a part of Carlisle United's League One campaign.
Last Updated: 30/11/13 1:30pm
The former Tottenham, Wigan and Queens Park Rangers defender is half-way through a surprise three-month spell with the Cumbrian side.
Chimbonda is now under the management of former team-mate Graham Kavanagh after the pair met playing together under Roy Keane at Sunderland.
Despite the attraction of sunnier climes on the continent, Chimbonda insists he made the right move as he trains with team-mates on a rugby pitch ahead of Saturday's clash with Swindon.
"At the moment everything is perfect," he told The Sun.
"I had offers from Portugal and France but I wanted to stay in England.
"When this opportunity came up I just jumped at it. It is very different in League One in terms of preparation but the intensity is the same.
"They don't have much money here so it is good for me to help them win games so players can look after their families."
Chimbonda's desire to remain in England and resistance of a lucrative deal abroad impressed his former on-field colleague Kavanagh.
"It was refreshing in this day and age, when everything seems to be about money, that he just wants to play," the manager said.
In the dressing room there is plenty of talk of Chimbonda's rich credentials, with plenty of interest in his appearance for France alongside Zinedine Zidane.
"They look up to me and ask about playing with Zinedine Zidane," the 34-year-old added.
"There are no Zidanes here but we have some quite good players."
Although Chimbonda's career appeared to have petered out when he spent the majority of last season sidelined with injury at Northern Premier League side Market Drayton Town, the Frenchman insists he is still able to compete.
"I believe I can still play at the top level," he said. "I feel good, my body feels good, my brain feels good.
"Frank Lampard is older than me and still at the highest level."