Samba in strike threat to Blackburn as Congo star tries to force move
Chris Samba will consider going on strike if Blackburn continue to turn down offers for their unsettled captain.
Rovers have already rejected a 6.5million bid from QPR, and Samba thinks that is a reasonable figure considering he cost only 450,000 from Hertha Berlin five years ago.
Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham have also shown interest but the big Congo centre back is concerned they will be put off by a valuation of 12-14m.
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Samba is said to be ready to take matters into his own hands, having already missed Saturday’s win over Fulham – arguably the most talked about result of the day – with a mystery stomach bug.
Blackburn have sent the 27-year-old for hospital tests after he phoned in sick on Friday, just 24 hours after giving an interview to French newspaper L’Equipe indicating he wants to leave Ewood Park for an ‘ambitious’ club and accusing Rovers of breaking promises to him.
Manager Steve Kean played down suspicions that Samba is feigning illness as part of a plan to try and force his way out, saying: ‘I don’t think he’s thrown one in. I can totally understand (why people might ask questions). He’s not for sale, it’s as simple as that.
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'I’d like to have spoken to him on Friday morning but he texted in that he was having severe stomach cramps. He texted again on Saturday morning that he was too weak to play.
‘We’ll make sure he gets the proper medication to get over a nasty bug and, hopefully, he will be back in on Monday or Tuesday.
‘It was disappointing he wasn’t available but I’d rather talk about the lads who were, because they were the ones putting their bodies on the line and dragging us out of the bottom three.’
Blackburn moved out of the relegation zone after winning 3-1 with 10 men following the dismissal of Yakubu early in the game. Morten Gamst Pedersen, scorer of the first goal, warned his side they have to keep players like Samba, Yakubu and Junior Hoilett this month if they are to avoid relegation.
‘We have to keep them,’ he said. ‘We’re still in a battle and there are loads of other clubs around us. If we can keep together and work hard, we can be better than them.’