Samba plans Rovers exit


Blackburn Rovers captain Chris Samba has revealed his intention to leave the Premier League basement club in the January transfer window.

Samba's superb recent performances have been in vein as Rovers have struggled near the foot of the league under the stewardship of under-fire manager Steve Kean.

The Congo international's sterling performances in the heart of the defence at Ewood Park have caught the eye of a number of Premier League sides, with Tottenham Hotspur confirmed admirers of Samba.

"Recently, mentally, it's been difficult for me," said Samba.

"I have tried to keep up my levels of performance, but I feel the time has come for a change for me.

"The club is not changing at all. I'm resigned to that. I've always put the interest of the club before my own.

"I've put in so much for them, and always tried to lead by example here, but things have not happened as [the owner] said they would. I hope people understand me."

While Spurs manager Harry Redknapp confirmed his interest in Samba earlier this week, newspaper reports have suggested that both Queens Park Rangers and Paris St Germain are interested in recruiting the 27-year-old.

Qatari investors last summer became the majority shareholders at PSG, leading to a the signing of Argentine Javier Pastore and the recent appointment for Carlo Ancelotti.

"That club has reached another level, it's not the PSG of a few years ago, Samba added. "They have 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."

Meanwhile at the helm at Loftus Road is former Rovers boss Mark Hughes, who brought Samba to English football in 2007, with reports suggesting he wants to sign the defender for a second time.

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