Kean determined to keep Samba

Updated: January 18, 2012

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Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has declared his determination to keep club captain Christopher Samba at the club.

The 27 year old, who joined Blackburn in 2007 from Hertha Berlin, surprised Kean by submitting a transfer request earlier in the week.

Kean said Blackburn have rejected two bids from one club, believed to be QPR, but the manager refused to confirm which club had made the offers.

Tottenham Hostspur, QPR and Carlo Ancelotti’s cash-rich Paris St. Germain have been heavily linked with Samba in recent weeks.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Kean said: “The statement reads for itself. We want to keep Chris. Obviously we know there are bids out there for him. It’s a mark of what we’re trying to do that we’ve refused the bids.

“The statement is there for everyone to see. We’ve had two bids from one club. There’s not been any other clubs in contact.

“Chris is under contract. We had dialogue with Chris on Tuesday and obviously he’s handed in a transfer request.

“We are where we are. We want him to stay at the club. That’s what we’ll be fighting to do.”

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