Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba has reiterated his desire to leave Ewood Park if a suitable offer is forthcoming this summer.
The Parisian-born centre-back has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in recent months and despite signing a new five year contract at the start of the year following talks with Steve Kean, still harbours desires of playing at a higher level having proved himself a consistent performer in the Premier League
Speaking to L’Equipe, the 27-year-old remained coy on a specific link with the Gunners but did confirm: “I know there are discussions with some clubs.
“For four-and-a-half years I have been at Blackburn and fought against relegation.
“If a good opportunity presents itself, I want to take it. I hope the club will understand if I want to make the step up and not prevent a deal.”
Yesterday Rovers boss Kean made clear that he was under no pressure to sell Samba having already offloaded 19-year-old Phil Jones to Manchester United for £16 million and with the club’s new owner eager to see the club push up the table.
“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.”