Samba hands in transfer request

Blackburn defender Christopher Samba has handed in a transfer request.

The central defender has been the subject of bids from QPR, and Harry Redknapp has admitted that Tottenham are also interested in him.

Rovers boss Steve Kean had previously stated that his star man was not for sale and part of the club’s long-term future, and will be rocked by Samba’s decision to leave.

The centre half signed a new contract recently, but has made it clear that he sees his future away from Ewood Park.

“I have today officially requested a transfer from Blackburn Rovers Football Club. I have personally informed the owners, manager and executives at the club that I want to leave in this transfer window,” he told reporters.

“In my five years at Blackburn Rovers Football Club I have always given 100 per cent in every game I have played. I have had several opportunities to leave but I have always stayed.

“I have decided now is the right time for me to pursue a new challenge and I have asked the club to respect my decision and allow me to leave.

“I thank the fans for their support and I hope they feel I have served them and their club well,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight