Christopher Samba
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Blackburn defender Christopher Samba has been transferred to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala at a fee of £11million, according to a Daily Mail report.

The Russian club, which has appointed former South Korea boss Guus Hiddink as their coach, has signed the Congolese defender for a three-and-a-half year contract adding to their growing list of star players including former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o, Russian defender Yuri Zhirkov and former Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos.

Samba, who will be getting paid £120,000 a week, recently told Sky Sports news: "It was quite sudden and a little bit anxious. I see it as a new challenge."

"It's a little club who want to become a very big one in Russia. They have a very powerful owner who wants to transform the club and bring the club to greatness. They have brought in Eto'o and Hiddink to transform the club," he added.

However, Blackburn's assistant manager Eric Black says that his team will not miss the 27-year-old centre-back so much because Samba has not played for Rovers since January 2.

"I've only been here a short time and I've never been able to consider Chris Samba as a player. The only players I'm worried about are the ones picked on a Saturday. They have done exceptionally well and deserve to have their places," The Sun quoted Black as saying.

Anzhi Makhachkala, owned by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, are currently at the seventh position in the Russian Premier League.

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Blackburn's Christopher Samba Transferred to Russian Club Anzhi Makhachkala for £11M