Samba: Blackburn owners promised Ronaldinho

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Chris Smaba has reiterated his desire to leave Blackburn during the January transfer window, and accused the club’s owners of breaking promises over investment in the team.


Samba handed in a transfer request earlier in the January transfer window after reported interest from Tottenham and QPR, but has so far been refused permission to discuss a possible move away from Ewood Park by club owners Venky’s.


The 27-year-old remains angry at not being allowed to leave, and revealed his motivation to seek pastures new comes from broken promises from the club owners to bring in high profile names, such as former Barcelona star Ronaldinho.


"I signed a new deal last January because Venky's told me they had big plans. Names like Ronaldinho were mentioned and they promised there was going to be a lot of investment in the team. It hasn't happened," Samba told The Sun.


"They don't understand football in this country and they don't realise how much I've given to Blackburn and that they have broken promises they have made.


"I stayed because I believed them but they weren't honest with me and now I know I made the wrong decision.


"I share the frustration of the fans who must have believed the owners too." He added.


Samba hasn’t played for Blackburn since their 2-1 defeat against Stoke at the start of January in an apparent attempt to force a move through, with Tottenham rumoured to be preparing an offer after boss Harry Redknapp admitted he is a fan of the Congolese international’s abilities.


However one sticking point in any possible move could be Rovers’ valuation of Samba, with potential suitors being deterred by a reported £15 million price tag.


"I'm not a £15million player," he said. "Blackburn only signed me for £400,000 from Hertha Berlin and if they get £7million now then that's very good business.


"I've got nothing against the manager (Steve Kean). It's not like he's been given £100million to spend, he's trying to do the best he can with what he has.


"This is between me and the owners. It's personal."

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