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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Blackburn: Samba not for sale

BLACKBURN last night remained determined to keep hold of wantaway captain Chris Samba despite his request for a transfer.

Rovers yesterday issued a statement in response to the request in which they stressed the player was not for sale and was contracted to the club for another three years.

"Blackburn Rovers reiterate that team captain Chris Samba is not for sale," said the club. "The player signed a new contract with the club less than a year ago which runs to June 2015."

Keeping hold of their most prized asset is looking an increasingly tough task, though, with the Congolese defender keen to leave this month and attracting interest from Paris St Germain, Tottenham and QPR, who are reported to have had two bids rejected last week.

Former Blackburn striker Simon Garner believes the only way the club can end Samba's stand-off will be to sell him.

"I think it would be best for all concerned now if he did leave," he said. "If they say he can't leave then he's not going to be happy and that can cause unrest in the dressing room."

While Garner is resigned to seeing Samba depart he believes the club are right to stand their ground in order to raise the best price.

"They've just got to get the best money they can for him," he added.

"The most important thing is that Steve Kean gets the money to spend to improve the squad."

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