Samba Wants Move But Price Frightens Pardew

Last updated : 28 January 2012 By Footy Mad - Editor

Samba has hit out at Indian owners Venky's, claiming they "don't understand" English football, as he continues to push for a move away from Ewood Park.

Samba requested a transfer earlier this month, claiming he had "given 100 per cent" to the club for five years and that "now is the right time for me to pursue a new challenge".

A move has so far failed to materialise, and although Pardew was interested, the figure Rovers wanted for him (£15m) was way out of the Toon manager's budget.

Christopher Samba: "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.

"I'm not a £15million player.

"Blackburn only signed me for £400,000 from Hertha Berlin and if they get £7million now then that's very good business.

"I've got nothing against the manager (Steve Kean). It's not like he's been given £100million 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."