Samba trying to ignore reports

The Congo international was in inspired form for Rovers last term,

helping the club preserve their Premier League status. Samba’s

displays have led to suggestions that he is a target for Arsene

Wenger, with the Gunners rumoured to be keen to bolster their

defence ahead of next season. But the 27-year-old has not been

drawn on the conjecture, instead stressing his focus is on recovery

following a tough campaign. He told the Lancashire Telegraph:

“Hopefully it is a big summer for the club. “My only concern at the

moment is to go on holiday. I am not going to worry about next year

now. “My mind is set on relaxing at the moment because, for me,

that is the hardest season I have had at Blackburn Rovers. It has

been very hard mentally. “Someone asked me what is harder, playing

for the title or playing to avoid relegation on the last day?

Avoiding relegation is harder. “You are so drained, so credit to

the players and everyone. We did it and I feel very proud about

that. “A lot of things have changed and it has been a very hard

time. That was the first time I have gone 12 games without a win, a

lot of things have gone on. “I am very happy now though. Let us see

who we sign. Now we can improve the squad. That is up to the

owners, we have no powers.”