Chimbonda happy at Sunderland

Chimbonda joined Sunderland from Tottenham in the summer.

Sunderland will face rivals Newcastle in the Premier League today.

The 29-year-old said: “It hasn’t taken me long to realise what this game means to fans.

“I know they hate each other. It is clear. I have played for Spurs against Arsenal and that was a big derby.

“People say Newcastle are a bigger team but I don’t think so. Look at the table.

“I love Sunderland because the paparazzi and attention when going out in London is too much.

“I can go to a club here and not have my picture taken.

“I like it quiet and relaxed. I can take it easy but if we lose, I don’t think I will be able to go out for a week.

“I certainly wouldn’t be able to show my face in Newcastle if we win. No way.”