Despite being linked with big money moves for former World Cup stars, Blackburn Rovers look set to lose their captain after Chris Samba reaffirmed his desire to leave the club in January.
Samba’s comments will be of interest to a number of clubs such as Arsenal, Aston Villa and Fulham who have all been rumoured to be keen on the Congolese defender.
He told press that he was disillusioned with the conduct of Blackburn’s new owners Venky’s, and would like to leave the club in the coming transfer window.
Samba said: “This is my fifth season here. I’ve had ups and downs but today I don’t want to waste any more time”
“New owners have arrived, they have fired the coach when he saved us from relegation two years ago.”
“The least they could have done is come to us and explain their project. They haven’t done that, it’s a lack of respect. I don’t want to be part of it.”
Samba has made over 100 appearances for Rovers since joining from Hertha BSC in 2007. Sometimes deployed as a part-time striker, Samba has notched an impressive 12 goals for Blackburn, including two this season and is a constant threat from set-pieces.