Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean insists he is under no pressure whatsoever to sell in-demand defender Christopher Samba.
The 27-year-old South African international is being coveted by north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but Kean had a message for his current captain's potential suitors.
"We don't have to sell him," he confirmed. "He signed a five-year contract in the last window. He's one of the players we would like keep.
"I said earlier this year you are always going to have interest in your good players. It means they're playing well and you're playing well as a team."
Despite Samba intimating his aspirations to move to Arsenal, Kean is confident he can persuade his defensive stalwart to remain at Ewood Park beyond the summer, and feels it is vitally important Rovers stand firm after the recent sale of Phil Jones.
"We're going to try and hold on to all our good players," Kean continued.
"It was difficult with Phil because he got the opportunity to go to Manchester United and he wanted to play Champions League football now and we're not there yet. I'm sure we will be in the next three or four seasons."
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