Premier League - Samba demands transfer

Mon, 16 Jan 16:09:00 2012

Blackburn Rovers captain Christopher Samba has formally handed in a transfer request at Ewood Park.

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The towering defender, 27, told L'Equipe at the weekend that he was considering leaving the club, who have been sucked into a relegation battle this season.

Manager Steve Kean said earlier on Monday that Samba was "not for sale" but the Congo international has now forced the issue by asking for an immediate transfer.

"I have today officially requested a transfer from Blackburn Rovers Football Club," he said in a statement.

"I have personally informed the owners, manager and executives at the club that I want to leave in this transfer window.

"In my five years at Blackburn Rovers Football Club I have always given 100 per cent in every game I have played. I have had several opportunities to leave but I have always stayed.

"I have decided now is the right time for me to pursue a new challenge and I have asked the club to respect my decision and allow me to leave.

"I thank the fans for their support and I hope they feel I have served them and their club well."

QPR recently failed with an offer for Samba, who was brought to English football and Blackburn by Rangers' new manager Mark Hughes in January 2007.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with the centre-back.

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