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Samba ready to move on

Christopher Samba has claimed discussions are taking place over his future and warned Blackburn he wants to take the next step in his career.

Rovers hopeful over Samba stay
Samba keeping options open

Samba, 27, recently claimed he had been "very close" to joining Arsenal during the January transfer window but he signed a new long-term contract with Blackburn in February.

Venky's chairperson Anuradha Desai recently acknowledged his desire to join the Gunners but said she was confident he would stay put while, in an interview on Wednesday, Rovers boss Steve Kean underlined those sentiments.

"We don't have to sell him," Kean told talkSPORT. "He signed a five-year contract in the last window. He's one of the players we would like to 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."

However, Samba remains determined to move on if the right offer comes in and he told L'Equipe: "I know there are discussions with some clubs.

"If a good opportunity arises, I want to seize it. It is necessary that the club understands that I want to go one step further.

"I hope they will not put a stick in the wheels. It's been four and a half years I have been at Blackburn and two years I have played in relegation battles."

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