Samba looking for Ewood exit as Spurs lead race for Blackburn captain
Chris Samba admits he wants to quit Blackburn, with his likely destination London, as Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers scrap for his signature.
Sportsmail revealed Spurs have lodged a 7.5million bid for him, beating Queens Park Ranger's previous 7m offer, with Harry Redknapp eager to beat new Hoops boss Mark Hughes to the player.
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It could provoke a bidding war for the French-born Congo international, with French side Paris St German also interested in procuring the player.
The Ewood Park captain insists he has always shown commitment to the club that brought him to the Barclays Premier League, but hinted he was hurt by broken promises.
The 27-year-old has remained in Lancashire despite previous interest from the likes of Arsenal, but the takeover of Rovers by Venky’s has failed to deliver the star names that were initially mooted.
Samba told French newspaper L’Equipe that he was looking to move to a ‘more ambitious’ club and admitted he was flattered by interest from Paris Saint-Germain.
QPR: Mark Hughes
PSG: Carlo Ancelotti
Spurs: Harry Redknapp
‘Lately, mentally, it has been difficult,’ said Samba. ‘I tried to maintain my level of performance, but I sense that it is time for a change. The club doesn’t evolve at all. I’m resigned.
‘I’ve always put the interests of the club before my own. I’ve invested a lot, always tried to lead by example, but things have not gone as I was told. I hope people will understand me.’
Blackburn fans would be devastated to lose their captain, though they share frustration at the way their club have declined.
Bottom of the Premier League, many have called for manager Steve Kean to be sacked.
Hopeful: Samba would like to experience life at a more ambitious club
PSG, bloated by Qatari wealth, have already poached coach Paul Clement from Blackburn to become Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant and could pinch Samba too.
The player said he wasn’t aware of anything concrete from PSG, but admitted: ‘In any case, it’s flattering. The club has reached another level, it’s not the PSG of a few years ago.
‘There are Leonardo, Ancelotti … I’m sure they will bring in great players. We shall see if the interest is confirmed or not, but it would be good for me to return home.
‘The most important thing is to find an ambitious club. I would love to experience something different.’