Steve not Kean on Samba’s Arsenal move

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Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has made clear that he is under no pressure to sell Christopher Samba despite speculation mounting that the centre-back is on a verge of a £9 million move to Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger is known to be on the lookout for new defensive recruits as he looks to strengthen a back-line which leaked 43 goals in the Premier League last term.  Nevertheless, denying a deal for Samba was on the cards with the Gunners, Kean told Sky Sports:

“We don’t have to sell him [Samba]. 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.”

“We’re going to try and hold on to all our good players.”

Reflecting on the deal which took England under-21 international Phil Jones from Ewood Park to Old Trafford, despite Arsenal also having a bid accepted, the Rovers coach 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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