Chalme seals Bordeaux return
By Patrick Haond & Laurent Picard. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Lille full-back Mathieu Chalme has joined Bordeaux on a four-year deal.
Les Girondins have paid é¼1.5million (£1m) for the 26-year-old, who started out at Bordeaux but failed to break into the first team at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.
Bolton were linked with Chalme earlier this summer, but he has now secured his dream move to Laurent Blanc's side.
"Everything was done very quickly," Chalme told French press. "When I heard that Bordeaux were interested in me, it became my priority.
"Lille knew what Bordeaux meant to me and I want to thank them for that. They made the transfer easy. I only had to negotiate my contract.
"Laurent Blanc wanted to sign me. It means that the coach wanted me, that is huge.
"I know Bordeaux very well. I might not need a lot of time to adapt there.
"PSG didn't contact me, only the press talked about it. Three clubs approached me and I am delighted to be with Bordeaux. My heart has spoken."