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Givet exit aids Blackburn Rovers wage cuts
9:20am Saturday 31st August 2013 in Sport
GAEL Givet has left Blackburn Rovers to join Arles-Avignon – and more could follow him out of the exit door before the transfer window shuts.
Givet had been free to leave Rovers for some time and had a medical with the French second division club yesterday before completing his return home.
The 31-year-old, who hails from Arles and previously represented Monaco and Marseille, had been in talks with Rovers as the club tried to agree a settlement over the last year of his contract at Ewood Park.
Givet had a medical with Italian club Livorno last month but a pay-off deal with Rovers could not be agreed at the time, with the former France international reluctant to lose out on money he would have received if he stayed at Ewood.
But Rovers are keen to reduce their wage bill before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday, and Givet’s exit has now been finalised.
The likes of Danny Murphy, Nuno Gomes, Martin Olsson, Mauro Formica, Diogo Rosado and Morten Gamst Pedersen have also left this summer, and further exits seem likely in the last three days of the window.
Bradley Orr is expected to depart if a deal can be agreed, while there remains uncertainty about the long-term futures of fellow big earners such as Dickson Etuhu and Leon Best.
Others including Fabio Nunes, Markus Olsson and Bruno Ribeiro may be allowed to seek regular football elsewhere if they so wish, while Scott Dann could be tempted if there is interest from the Premier League.
Givet made 133 appearances for Rovers after arriving in 2009 and was a fans’ favourite, but grew unhappy after falling down the pecking order at the club last season.
“I want to say thank you to the club and to the fans,” Givet said.
“Before Blackburn, I enjoyed my football in Monaco – I played in the Champions League final – but my first three years in the Premier League with Blackburn were the best moments of my career.
“It was an amazing experience for me and one I will never forget.
“Blackburn Rovers will always have a big place in my heart and I am sad to be leaving, but last season was hard for me and I think it is better for me and my family to go back to France.”
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