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Steve Kean expects battle to keep Samba and Jones

Steve Kean
Kean has been in charge of Blackburn since December

Blackburn manager Steve Kean says he expects to face a battle to keep central defenders Chris Samba and Phil Jones during the transfer window.

Although Kean feels the pair will stay, with both on long-term deals he says the club will not lose out financially if they do move on.

He told BBC Radio Lancashire: "What we've got in our favour is that they've both signed five-year contracts.

"If anyone signs them it's going to take a sizeable figure to move them."

Kean added: "We don't have to sell anybody. We hope that they want to stay and be part of what we're trying to do and if they do great.

"If they don't then we'll have to maximise the money that we get for the club and go and get other players.

It seems that the press we've received has been much, much more positive near the end of the season

Blackburn manager Steve Kean

"But I don't see that happening and I think both of them will want to stay."

Kean is encouraging the club's supporters to view next season as a new beginning.

After a turbulent season that saw Rovers taken over by the Venky's Group, Kean take over as manager following Sam Allardyce's dismissal and a final day win over Wolves which saw them guarantee Premier League survival, Kean believes the club has progressed.

"Hopefully they [the fans] will see that we're now in a much better position," said Kean.

"It seems that the press we've received has been much, much more positive near the end of the season.

"That positive press comes with not only good results but good performances, and we certainly showed we had a number of them near the end of the season."



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