Former Blackburn Rovers captain Christopher Samba denies he only joined Anzhi Makhachkala for the cash.

Samba, 27, will double his Ewood Park wages on a £100,000-a-week four-year deal with Anzhi.

But the Congolese centre-back says it is the vision of the owners, not cash, which motivates him.

Samba said: "They may be a little club, but they have ambition.

"This is a team with a realistic chance to play at the highest level of European football. They have the ambition and the money.

"They bought me for £12m - plus Roberto Carlos, Yuri Zhirkov and Samuel Eto'o. There will be more big names coming, I know of two which will surprise people that we will sign in the summer. We'd like to do what Man City have done."