Venky's Want to Keep Key Players

  • Last Updated: February 29 2012, 14:14 GMT

Blackburn's owners have made it clear that they do not want to lose any more key players after reluctantly allowing Chris Samba to head out of Ewood Park.

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Samba secured a move to Anzhi Makhachkala earlier in February and there have been suggestions that others could soon follow him out the exit door.

Vince Grella and Michel Salgado are among those tipped to leave, with the transfer windows still open in Asia and America.

However, Venky's representative and Rovers director Vineeth Rao has dismissed the speculation and insisted that everyone at the club is focused on avoiding relegation from the Premier League.

Rao also hopes that Rovers will be able to strengthen their squad in the summer ahead of next season's top-flight campaign.

Speaking about a possible fire sale, Rao told the Lancashire Telegraph: "There are no plans like that there, that is ridiculous.

"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. There are no plans to sell any more key players because we want to improve the squad.

"We want to add to the squad and improve it, not sell the players we have got. We are not planning on selling any more key players."

Rao also maintains that Venky's had wanted to keep Samba, but ultimately decided they had no choice but to let him leave following a transfer request.

"It was not even our intention to sell Chris Samba," said Rao. "We did not want to sell him.

"We wanted him on the pitch because he has been a big player but in the end we had to respect his wishes because he wanted to leave.

"We had to respect his wishes. He has played for Blackburn for five years and has been a very important player."