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Venky's deny blame for Samba sale

sports Updated: Mar 01, 2012 02:31 IST
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Venky's, the Indian poultry and pharmaceutical firm that owns Premier League strugglers Blackburn Rovers, have denied they want to sell other players following the exit of Christopher Samba.

Last week defender Samba, who had been Rovers' captain, joined Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, but Venkys representative and Blackburn director Vineeth Rao was adamant his departure would not be the first of many from Ewood Park.

“There are no plans like that there, that is ridiculous,” Rao told Wednesday's Lancashire Telegraph.

“There are no plans to sell any more key players, why would there be? Our immediate focus is on staying up in the Premier League. We hope Chris Samba will be the last key departure.”

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