QPR have lost their minds! Anzhi director questions Chris Samba move

Anzhi Makhachkala director German Tkachenko says QPR have lost their minds after the Hoops completed a move for Chris Samba

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Harry Redknapp signed Chris Samba for QPR on deadline day Photo: Soccer.ru, via Wikimedia

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Queens Park Rangers were out of their minds to sign Chris Samba from Anzhi Makhachkala in a mammoth deal, according to the Russian outfit’s director.

The Hoops spent a club record £12.5m fee to snap up Samba in the January transfer window, with the Congo international penning a five-and-a-half-year deal.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp rubbished claims the former Blackburn defender is earning £100,000-a-week, but Anzhi director German Tkachenko was surprised by the west London club’s big-money move.

“At QPR, he will earn almost as much as he did at Anzhi,” said Tkachenko. “In my view QPR have lost their minds.

“When they agreed to pay his release fee we wept. He [Samba] wept. Everybody says that he ran away from the club, but that’s not true. He didn’t put any pressure on the club until we received an offer from QPR for £12.5m, the amount required by his contract.”

Tkachenko also revealed Samba’s decision to move back to the Premier League, just 11 months after leaving Blackburn for Anzhi, was motivated by his desire to be closer to his children.

“It was linked to the threat that he would lose contact with his children,” Tkachenko added.

“That was a big blow. He was a guy who loved all of us. And besides, he is a very good defender. I think he is one of the top five defenders currently playing in Europe.”

While Tkachenko says he is hoping Samba returns to Anzhi in the future.

“If we are successful and playing in the Champions League, I dream that Samba will become an Anzhi player again,” he added.

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