Samba is not for sale! Blackburn boss Kean issues hands off to Spurs and QPR
Blackburn manager Steve Kean has
confirmed the club have rejected two bids for Christopher Samba and
reiterated that the player is not for sale.
revealed Spurs have lodged a 7.5million bid for Rovers captain Samba, 27, beating Queens
Park Ranger's previous 7m offer, with Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp eager to beat new
Hoops boss Mark Hughes to the player.
Target: Spurs and QPR have lodged bids for Samba
Speculation has increased in the past 24 hours after the French-born Congolese defender was quoted in L'Equipe saying that his current club – who are bottom of the Barclays Premier League – 'doesn't evolve at all', that 'things have not gone as I was told' and that he feels it is 'time for a change'.
Asked about the matter, though, Kean referred to a statement released by Blackburn last Friday, which stressed that Samba, who has also been linked with French side Paris St German, was not for sale.
'I know there has been an article in L'Equipe, but I haven't seen it myself,' said Kean, speaking ahead of Saturday's clash with Fulham at Ewood Park.
'All I can say is that I have been told that Chris has done an interview.
'What is definite is that there were two bids from one club which were refused.
'We put out a club statement which
was quite strong, saying that Chris was not for sale and as far as I am
concerned, there is a line drawn under it.'
QPR: Mark Hughes
PSG: Carlo Ancelotti
Spurs: Harry Redknapp
He added: 'You would have to ask
Chris what he thinks, in terms of whether promises have been broken in
his opinion and what they were.
'All I can say is that he has been
excellent when he has played, he is a big player for us and he is not
long in to a very long contract, so I hope that he stays here.'
Samba, who has frequently been linked
with other clubs in recent seasons, has been with Blackburn since 2007
and in February signed a new contract to keep him at Rovers until 2015 –
a deal Kean would like to see him 'respect'.
Questioned as to what he could do
about the situation, Kean said: 'You can ask the player to respect his
contract – I don't think you make contracts for any other reason than to
show your commitment to the player, and you would then like the player
to show that back to the club.
'There have been situations (before)
where there have been bids for Chris, and there have been a number of
times when he has shown a desire to leave and it hasn't happened for
'I think the club has always fought to try to keep him – we want to keep our best players.'
Frustrated: Samba says Rovers have not 'evolved'
As for any new signings, Kean would
not be drawn on talk of him being interested in Fulham striker Andy
Johnson, but insisted work was going on to strengthen the squad.
'I don't want to mention any names,'
Kean said. 'I said at the beginning of the window that we will try to
get bodies in and try to do it as quickly as we can.
'It has been slow, but not just for
us, it has been slow for everybody. I don't want to give you names or
numbers, but we have been very busy over the last eight or nine days.'
Meanwhile, the Scot has reported 'no movement' in terms of Junior Hoilett's position.
Hoilett is out of contract in the
summer and with talks over a new deal stalling, Kean admitted last week
that Blackburn would have to consider any bids for their in-demand
Kean said there had been no
offers for the 21-year-old Canadian and is hopeful that he will be
available for selection again this weekend after missing three games
with a hamstring injury.
Goalkeeper Paul Robinson (calf) and
midfielder David Dunn (hamstring) are also back in training, while Samba
should feature as well having sat out the FA Cup defeat at Newcastle
due to an ankle knock and tight hamstring.