Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Samba hints at Rovers exit

Christopher Samba

Blackburn defender Christopher Samba has cast doubt over his future at Ewood Park by claiming he would leap at the chance to leave if a "good opportunity" arose.

According to French newspaper L'Equipe, the centre-back, who has been linked with Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal, wants to move up a level. Samba also appeared to contradict Rovers manager Steve Kean's assertion that the club do not want to sell him by suggesting they were talking to interested parties.

"I know there are discussions with some clubs," the 27-year-old told L'Equipe. "If a good opportunity arises, I want to seize it. It is necessary that the club understands that I want to go one step further."

He added: "I hope they will not put a stick in the wheels.

"It's been four and a half years I have been at Blackburn and two years I have played in relegation battles."

Samba made similar comments in the January transfer window only to extend his contract with Blackburn until 2015 just a couple of weeks later.

On Wednesday Kean, speaking about Samba, told talkSPORT: "We don't have to sell him.

"He signed a five-year contract in the last window. He's one of the players we would like to keep.

"I said earlier this year you are always going to have interest in your good players.

"It means they're playing well and you're playing well as a team. We're going to try and hold on to all our good players."

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