Kean - Samba not for sale

Image: Chris Samba: Has expressed a desire to move on, but Blackburn have no plans to sell

Blackburn boss Steve Kean maintains that Chris Samba is not for sale, despite the defender's recent comments regarding his future.

Rovers boss reluctant to part with want-away centre-half

Blackburn boss Steve Kean maintains that Chris Samba is not for sale, despite the defender's recent comments regarding his future. The centre-half has expressed a desire to move on, claiming 'it is time for a change'. Samba told French newspaper L'Equipe that he had grown disillusioned with life at Ewood Park and was looking to take on a new challenge. With numerous clubs having been linked with a move prior to that admission, it was expected to be only a matter of time before he was on the move. Blackburn, though, insist that they have no plans to part with a man who only penned a new long-term contract in February 2011.

Simple

Kean says he will resist all approaches for the 27-year-old, with it vital for Blackburn to retain the services of their best players if they are to climb away from the Premier League drop zone. "He's not for sale, it's as simple as that," he told the Lancashire Telegraph. Samba was left out of Blackburn's matchday squad for Saturday's meeting with Fulham and saw Rovers claim a 3-1 win in his absence. That result lifted the club out of the bottom three, but Kean is planning to have Samba back in contention when Rovers head out on the road this weekend. "He'll be back in again and hopefully ready for Everton," added the Scot.

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