Former Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba is delighted with his move to Anzhi.

The 27-year-old will link up with former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o in the Russian club's squad and will work under Guus Hiddink, who was installed as boss last week by Anzhi's billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov.

"I see it as a new challenge," Samba said. "Everyone wants to work with a manager who has recognition like Hiddink. I want to try. Why not try?

"It's a little club who wants to become a very big one in Russia.

"A very powerful owner who wants to transform the club, bring the club to greatness. He proved it in bringing in Eto'o and a manager like Hiddink.

"There are a lot of players who are going to come and add to the project I think."