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Blackburn manager reiterates defender is not for sale

Steve Kean has reinstated that Chris Samba will not be leaving Blackburn Rovers during the January transfer window.

The giant central defender recently handed in a transfer request, and reports have linked the player with a move away from Ewood Park, however Kean is adamant the player is not for sale.

A high amount of Premier League clubs have announced their interest in Samba’s services, meanwhile Kean decided to leave the player out of the squad for Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Everton.

However, the Rovers manager plans to bring back Samba for the club’s clash against Newcastle on February 1st, the day after the transfer window closes.

He added: “If Chris is going to move, it’s not going to be in this window.

“It wasn’t a case of trying to get teams bidding against each other to get a figure up, we’d just like to keep him, it’s as simple as that.

“You could see we’ve got other lads we can put in, it was a tough decision leaving Grant Hanley out to put Scott Dann in so we’ve got real competition for places in the centre-half position.

“We want Chris to be one of those players competing and putting performances in for us, as he’s done ever since he’s been at the club.”