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Samba: I want a divorce

January 27, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Blackburn Rovers captain Christopher Samba has once again said that he wants to leave, and insists that he wants 'a divorce' because he can't give 100% anymore.

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GettyImagesChris Samba is keen to leave Blackburn, but Rovers do not want to let him go

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Samba, 28, has handed in a transfer request with PSG, Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers all interested in the £15 million-rated centre-back. Blackburn have stood firm and maintained that the defender will not be allowed to leave, but Samba is sure that his future no longer lies at Ewood Park.

"When a couple don't get on they get a divorce, and that's what me and Blackburn have to do," he told the Sun. "Blackburn need players who are 100% for the club, and I'm not.

"The only way to solve this is for them to let me go. It will be very difficult for me to play for this team again. I'm at the end of the road here. I'm not going to change so, for their good and mine, they must sell me now."

A move has so far failed to materialise, despite an offer from QPR, and Samba has called on owners Venky's to grant him his desired move.

He added: ''I signed a new deal last January because Venky's told me they had big plans. Names like Ronaldinho were mentioned and they promised there was going to be a lot of investment in the team. It hasn't happened.

''They don't understand football in this country and they don't realise how much I've given to Blackburn and that they have broken promises they have made. I stayed because I believed them but they weren't honest with me and now I know I made the wrong decision. I share the frustration of the fans who must have believed the owners too.''

The giant Congo international also claims the fee being sought for his services is unreasonable.

''I'm not a £15 million player,'' he said. ''Blackburn only signed me for £400,000 from Hertha Berlin and if they get £7 million now then that's very good business.

''I've got nothing against the manager (Steve Kean). It's not like he's been given £100 million to spend, he's trying to do the best he can with what he has. This is between me and the owners. It's personal.''