Aston Villa sign former Blackburn defender Chris Samba

Aston Villa have signed experienced defender Chris Samba on a free transfer.
Samba, 33, was a free agent after leaving Greek side Panathinaikos in January and has signed a one-year deal after spending pre-season with Villa.

He previously spent five years with Blackburn and also had a spell at QPR.
He joins Chelsea centre-back John Terry, Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and Hull City full-back Ahmed Elmohamady in moving to Villa Park this summer.
Samba scored 18 goals in 186 appearances for Blackburn after joining from Hertha Berlin for a bargain £450,000 in January 2007.

But he spent only six months with QPR, rejoining Anzhi Makhachkala for £12m in July 2013 after signing from the Russian side for £12.5m the previous January.


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