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Kean stands firm over Samba

Arsenal and spurs may be one of a few clubs leading an interest in Rovers captain Chris Samba but Steve Kean has today come out fighting - by insisting that Rovers have no need to sell.

Having already let Phil Jones leave for Manchester United the departure of the Congo man would leave a massive gaping hole in the defence of the Blue and White but Kean is insistent that Samba will retained.

Kean rather sternly told TalkSport - "We don`t have to sell him.'

"He signed a five-year contract in the last window. He`s one of the players we would like keep."

'We`re going to try and hold on to all our good players."

"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.

"It was difficult with Phil (Jones) 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."

Anyone else cringe at the last comment? Either way, Rovers can afford to lose Jones or Samba but not both, with Jones gone the focus must now be on buying the guys that will convince Chris his future lies at Ewood Park.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 22 2011

Time: 12:17PM

Your Comments

What's the general consensus? Stay or go?
Mikey Delap
Big fan of Samba, would like to have him here at Spurs. Big call from your manager,.........3 or 4 seasons and then you'll be playing in the Champions League? Those Indian owners of yours will need to pluck a few more chickens for this to happen.
thenuge
Any thing is possible thenuge... even spurs were in the champions league last season, who'd thought that! Samba needs to stay, I did hear that he had a 12million release clause though, which is worrying. But if he signed a new deal in January, he should be told to put up and shut up.
FreidelNo.1
Fair point FreidelNo.1 It is a similar situation with our Modric in many ways. 12 million release seems low, you should be worried if that is the case. I thought Bentley might make a return to you guys this season. I know he would be appreciated there, as he was made a bit of scapegoat with us and the Ramos debacle.
thenuge
Champions League in 3 or 4 seasons .Listen Im a Rovers fan through and through and would love this to happen . Kean needs to shut up .If signing Benjani for another year and leaving Kalanic out and possibly letting him go is part of that muppet Keans master plan ,then god help us all.
Bingle9
Still can't see any other outcome other than Samba leaving Rovers, it'll either be this summer on in January.
Walker
I hope he stays but as long as we can replace him with somebody like Johnson, Dann or Upson etc i wouldn't care if he goes so long as we get 12m+. He's already stated he wants to leave before so it's only a matter of time really before he goes. he's by no means a perfect defender and he makes some silly decisions at times so i won't lose too much sleep if he does go.
ITSALLROVER
Didn't Kean say something similar last week about how Jones was good player who signed a new contract and we wanted to keep...?
BigNumber5
BN5 - Kean says a lot of things...! Champions league football would be great, to achieve it in 3-4 seasons would be amazing. Will it happen? Could do. Under a good manager and a limited budget (Hughes we finished 6th), with Kean and a big budget we could get relegated! Who knows. I always think that if you are in the league you play to win it, otherwise there is no point in being in it. There are some teams that will do well every season, but there are always some surprises too. Kean also listed, during his interview on Talksport, our up and coming young players - as well as Jones - who he just sold! (He didn't mention Kalinic...) But he said he wanted to keep Samba, that is different from saying - he's not going anywhere... he said he let Jones go because it was Manure, and he then had a chance to play champions league football... would Samba not have that chance with Arsenal? Kean is a keen guy (sorry!) very optimistic and positive - sometimes too much so - compared with Big Fat Sam - who was dour, miserable and negative - maybe we need a happy medium!
FreidelNo.1
Quite surprising this statement seeing Rovers have already agreed to sell him, Pull the other one Steve
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