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Samba keeping options open

Blackburn defender Chris Samba has revealed he was "very close" to joining Arsenal in January and said he remains open to a move this summer.

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Samba, 27, expressed his desire to leave Ewood Park in December after Sam Allardyce's surprise sacking but in February signed a contract extension until 2015.

With the club still involved in the relegation battle, though, Samba is refusing to rule out a move in the summer.

"Everybody knows that I am an ambitious player," he said. "I am at an age now where I want to try to do something. You only have one career and it would be a shame to not make the best of it.

"I am happy at Blackburn but I will study any opportunities that come my way this year. I'm not trying to move away but of course I would look if it is the right thing for me.

"I think a move to Arsenal was very close in January but that is life. You have to continue. If it happens, it happens, but it wasn't meant to be and football is like that. I committed myself to Blackburn and will always do my best."

Rovers boss Steve Kean said Samba was "absolutely fantastic" in the 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday.

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