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Samba launches new attack on Venky's

Blackburn captain Chris Samba has repeated his desire to quit Ewood Park after claiming he does not want to be part of the club under new owners Venky's.

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One of the first things the India-based poultry firm did on taking over was sack Sam Allardyce and give his job to then coach Steve Kean.

In the days after, Samba was quoted as saying he was ready to hand in a transfer request, although Kean confirmed only last week that had not happened.

Since then the club's owners have hit the headlines again by going public with ambitious bids to sign AC Milan forward Ronaldinho and take former England captain David Beckham on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Samba is set to return after a three-match injury-enforced absence to face Liverpool at home on Wednesday but has expressed his dismay at Venky's handling of matters at the club and believes it is now time to leave.

"This is my fifth season here. I've had ups and downs but today I don't want to waste any more time,'' Samba said. "New owners have arrived, they have fired the coach when he saved us from relegation two years ago.

"The least they could have done is come to us and explain their project. They haven't done that, it's a lack of respect. I don't want to be part of it.''

Samba also expressed his suspicion that Kean would be given the transfer funds to make Blackburn the top-five club which the owners believe is possible.

"He (Kean) told me had resources to build a good team. We'll see,'' Samba told L'Equipe. "Today I want to go higher and I wonder if Blackburn can take me there. I'll take time to think.''

Kean, to his credit, has stressed he needs to build a side on solid foundations rather than parachuting in marquee names. However, Samba's comments are not helpful to him as he seeks to halt a run which has seen his side take four points from the last five matches.

"The way we are with injuries at the moment and the stability of the squad hopefully we can add four or five other players and then if we can get another big name like that (of Ronaldinho) it will be the icing on the cake,'' Kean said.

"Once we can get all the injured players back we can get up into a bracket where we are solid and looking to push beyond the top 10 and then you can attract players easier. If we can get stable and into the top 10 we can then look forward to the next transfer window.

"When we spoke with the owners we said if there was a potential marquee player - and there are four or five that spring to mind and two have been mentioned in Ronaldinho and David Beckham - we would love to have them here.

"If we can get solid, reliable foundations and then sprinkle a little bit of magic on top of that then fantastic but it certainly comes from a solid base. But trying to bring someone of that calibre to the club is fantastic and shows our intention to be active in this transfer market.''


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