Blackburn fans worried about the departure of centre back Christopher Samba should worry no more, as the defender has just signed a four and a half year contract extension that keeps him with the club until 2015. Samba caused some consternation by asking to leave in December of 2010, and his ultimate destination was the topic of countless transfer rumours as the window opened for January, but ultimately he stayed put. Now manager Steve Kean has completed a major coup by renewing his contract rather than seeing him leave, apparently selling the Congolese on the club's ambition:
"I've made the choice to take the challenge to try to take the club as high as possible, to maintain that position and to be recognised as one of the top clubs in the country."
Samba, 26, joined Blackburn Rovers in 2007 and was handed the captaincy at the beginning of the year. He's known for being excellent in the air at both ends of the pitch and utterly uncompromising in the tackle, and is a key piece of Blackburn's effort to bring European football back to Ewood Park. With Samba locked up for four more years, Rovers can now focus on bringing in the sort of attacking firepower they need to rise up into the European places.