QPR were out of their minds to sign Christopher Samba according to Anzhi owner German Tkachenko.
They were out of their minds because the fee and the contract they have given Samba means they will pay out around £36 million for Samba if he stays with the club for the duration of his current deal; if his reported £100,000 per week wages are correct, when added to his £12.5 million transfer fee.
After tax that means he’s earning about the same amount that he was receiving at the Russian side.
“At QPR he will earn almost as much as he did at Anzhi. In my view, QPR have lost their minds. When they agreed to pay his release fee we wept. Samba wept. Everybody says that he ran away from the club, but that’s not true,” said Tkachenko.
So is it worth it?
Well, we’ll only be able to tell at the end of the season but he’s the one player Redknapp demanded from Tony Fernandes and that’s the deal it took for him to move to QPR.
He wanted a move back to England so he wasn’t out of touch with his children and to legally give himself a better legal chance of being able to stay in contact with them.
However, £36 million is a massive outlay for a 28-year-old who has probably now made the last permanent move of his career unless there’s a parallel QPR or version of Harry Redknapp out there somewhere.
If he gets relegated, there is clearly going to be an effort to get him off the club's books, but as Redknapp's former club Portsmouth found out with Kanu and several others, its not so easy to shift high earners from your books, even despite relegation, as nobody will be able or willing to offer them a similar deal.
QPR fans can’t blame Fernandes for this revelation because he was simply pushing through a deal that his manager demanded and he knows the significance of QPR trying to stay in the top English division.
Now there is a greater understanding of the context around this deal, Samba is under a huge amount of pressure to make a difference for QPR in their fight for survival because he’s one of the best paid players in the league, besides the club.
The club are also under pressure to stay up because there is no way they can sustain this level of spending unless they remain a Premier League side.
It all seems a little ironic because before Samba even became an option, Redknapp was criticising various members of his team for earning too much.
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