Kean wants Samba to stay put

BY foxsports • January 7, 2011

The Congo international has been determined to move on following Sam Allardyce's sacking, but Kean insists there have been no offers for the 26-year-old. The Blackburn manager, who still holds out some hope of pulling off an audacious swoop for Ronaldinho, says he does not want any players to leave the club. Kean, who promised to put out his strongest possible side when QPR visit in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, said: "We have not had anybody trying to get any of our players, we want to keep our squad intact. "Anybody who saw the way Chris played against Liverpool, you certainly can't fault his commitment. He's playing with a smile on his face, he's happy to be back in the team and back out on the grass. "So hopefully we can convince Chris that we are moving forward and that he is a big part of that." In relation to Saturday's match, QPR are flying high at the top of the Championship under Neil Warnock, and Kean hopes his opposing manager will decide to rest some of this first-choice players. "I think they are a very good team playing with confidence and on a winning streak," he added. "We just hope that they may be looking at the FA Cup in a different light and that promotion is a little bit more important to them than a Cup run, that they rest a few and that we can take advantage of that. "We will pick the strongest team available to go and win this game and hopefully get a home draw in the next round." Kean added that the appointment of an assistant manager will "almost definitely happen" on Monday.