Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba has distanced himself from suggestions that he is set for a summer move to Arsenal reports

The colossus stopper earnt rave reviews at the heart of Rovers' defence this season, despite Steve Kean's side narrowly avoiding relegation to the Championship.

Blackburn only preserved their Premier League status on the final day of the season, and with some of England's biggest clubs circling, the Lancashire outfit may struggle to hold on to one of their most prized assets.

Reports suggest the Gunners will delve into the transfer market for a defender over the coming weeks, and rumours have surfaced that Samba is one of Arsene Wenger's top transfer targets this summer.

But the 27-year-old has refused to be drawn on the speculation linking him with a switch to the Emirates, instead insisting he is focussed on recovering from a gruelling Premier League campaign.


He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "My only concern at the moment is to go on holiday. I am not going to worry about next year now.

"My mind is set on relaxing at the moment because, for me, that is the hardest season I have had at Blackburn Rovers.Your browser may not support display of this image. It has been very hard mentally.

"Someone asked me what is harder, playing for the title or playing to avoid relegation on the last day? Avoiding relegation is harder.

"You are so drained, so credit to the players and everyone. We did it and I feel very proud about that.

"A lot of things have changed and it has been a very hard time. That was the first time I have gone 12 games without a win, a lot of things have gone on.

"I am very happy now though. Let us see who we sign. Now we can improve the squad. That is up to the owners, we have no powers."

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