Steve Kean has admitted that the transfer window has been tough on Chris Samba this summer, but the Blackburn manager is keen to move forward and make sure his defender is focused on the club.
Samba was the subject of intense transfer speculation for the entirety of the window, and while Arsenal were said to be chasing the Congolese international, no bids eventuated to Kean’s delight.
And now that the window has closed, and the season has well and truly begun, Kean wants to make sure that Samba is entirely focused on keeping Rovers in the top flight.
"I'll sit down with Chris Samba because for me it's been a really tough transfer window for him,” Kean said when asked about the captaincy role at Blackburn.
"Every single press conference I've done I've had to comment on what Chris Samba's doing. It's been tough for him and he's had a niggly back injury.
"I only wanted him to focus on trying to stay on the pitch and focus on his own job without having to give out all his orders.”
Kean admitted that the two will have talks over Samba’s future before the captaincy role can be discussed, although it appears unlikely the 27-year-old will get the armband back.
He added: "I'll sit down with Chris to make sure that everything's okay with him mentally, make sure he's totally committed to the club, as I'm sure he is, and move that forward.
"Ryan Nelsen's my club captain and will remain my club captain, and I'm sure Chris will come out and be delighted he's here at the club."