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Samba asks for a personal change

Rovers defender Chris Samba has told French sporting publication L'Equipe that he wants a a change as he fears the club is not progressing at all.

The defender signed a new five year deal 12 months ago after he was told of Venky's dream to build the club up but in that time period the club has regressed and Samba has spoken out that now is the time for him to move on.

Spurs and QPR are rumoured to be interested in the big Congo man but judging by his latest comments a return to France and PSG would suit.

Samba told L'Equipe - 'Recently, mentally, it was difficult, I tried to keep my level of performance, but I feel it is time for me to change. The club does not change at all. I am resigned ... '

'I've always put the interests of the club before (his own). I invested a lot, I always tried to lead by example, but things have not gone as I had said. I hope people understand me'.

When asked about reported PSG interest Samba said - 'For now, there is nothing concrete. In any case, it's flattering, he says. The club has taken a different scale, it is not the PSG a few years ago. There's Leonardo, Ancelotti, I'm sure they will bring great players ' .

'We'll see if the interest is confirmed or not, but it would be nice for me to go home, further emphasizes the native of Créteil. The most important thing is to find an ambitious club. I would like something else ... '

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 12 2012

Time: 9:27AM

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But yes it is of course the fans fault that the club is regressing... ;)
Mikey Delap
Yeah you can't blame him for wanting out. He's stayed in the past and said he will see how we progress. We have gone backwards rapidly under Venky's so he would be sticking by his word. Also at first I read this as 'Samba asks for a personnel change' which really got me excited...then I realised what it really said :(!.
fransavarese
Without radical change I don't see your club beating the drop this season... that either means a total shift in Venky's approach or a change of ownership and with it a change of management. It's almost like they want to see the club run into the ground. Very strange. Samba, I hope we see you at Spurs in the next couple of days.
Cape Town Spurs
oh, and as far as your poll goes, in all fairness, you need more than just Samba and I fear with Venky's holding the purse strings you ain't going to get it... not unless it's chicken you're after any how.
Cape Town Spurs
I can't believe why he has been with us for this long. What a wasted football career...
engern
If he does want out as things stand I really can't blame him...
Mikey Delap
No offence Cape Town Spurs but if he has a choice between PSG, who may actually meet our valuation and will likely pay him double what you will or Spurs...PSG win that every time. They have more money that most Prem teams now and are looking good to win Ligue 1, they are a team on a meteoric rise. Add to that he was born in France...
fransavarese
Screwed if we sell him. Screwed if we don't.
Tombo1984
Oh Please! Samba you are the captain start acting like it. We have been letting in goals and losing games - get your thumb out of your **** and get the players motivated to beat Fulham and get us out of relegation. All public comments about wanting to leave should be kept silent otherwise you are in breach of contract and I hope we sue you for every penny we have ever paid you. It is one thing to blame the manager and owners but when you are on the pitch I expect to see 100% so get over yourself and get playing.
FreidelNo.1
When he has gone, i would love him to lift the lid on Rovers. Hopefully starting by saying how god awful kean is as a manager and then moving onto blasting the owners.
*Dave*
Samba is doing to you what Sol Campbell did to us all those years ago. He's a class player who can't see any light at the end of the tunnel at Blackburn. He wants to go to a club where he has a chance of winning something. It's a shame to see Blackburn in trouble like you are, remember, you are one of only four clubs who have actually won the Premiership. The fans need to get at the owners and demand that they start investing in the future of the club. There was life after Campbell for us and there will be life after Samba for you. Hope you avoid relegation this year.
spurboy61
Maybe THIS from Samba, their favourite player, might wake Venkys from their stupor? It's about time a player stod up and said soemthing. I know it's hard speaking against your employer, but players aren't ordinary workers - what's the worst that could happen? You get transfer listed? Big deal!! Well done Chris, I applaud you.
john leigh brisbane
he wont go to spurs saying that he might go to sparky doh {QPR} why would he go to spurs for an extra 10.000 grand i fear samba dunn robbo and nzonza will go in this transfer windowjust to bringin two or three players i never heard off for low money like four or five million after selling players worth up to 20million and over i fear we are the portsmouth venkeys i belive will suck us dry
tubzz
o by the by wat have spurs won in the last ten hey even 20 years with all ur millions spend
tubzz
I think he's done a great job for the club and as a skipper. I also think that he has thought carefully about what to say in the interview. It sounds like a lot of accumulated frustration and he is breaking ranks- particularly the comments about the club not changing etc - I suspect he has been given a load of blarney along the lines of "hang on, Chris, help is coming" and he has finally had it. Really disappointed but cannot blame him - and suspect Venky's will be privately pleased so long as he brings good money. Looks like they will be looking to make a profit from the transfer window.
petfel
honestly, i would hate to lose him as i'm the biggest fan of him but i couldn't blame him for wanting to leave. he has played his heart for rovers for most of his time here and took the step to sign a long contract last year. the club is in such shambles now and he does deserve better.
DommyWalker
He's certainly not always thought of the team before himself (pushing to leave in previous windows/sulking when he didn't get a move) but he is a top player... too good for Rovers if truth be told. It's be a massive blow if we lost him.
Mikey Delap
Maybe he has pushed for a move previously but he's a top, top player. He's stuck around at Rovers for far longer than many others would have and his performance levels have rarely dropped. We're totally screwed if he does go but we've got nothing to make him stay.
rossp2112
 

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