MOSCOW, July 2 (R-Sport) – A defender at British football team Queens Park Rangers is to return to Russia’s Anzhi Makhachkala just six months after leaving for the English club, Anzhi’s chairman said on Tuesday.
Congolese center-back Christopher Samba left Anzhi in January, signing a 4 1/2 year contract with QPR, who were relegated from the English Premier League last season.
“Samba is coming back,” chairman Konstantin Remchukov wrote on Twitter. “He has expressed his desire to do so. We are open to it, plus the guys asked for him. We can forgive our friends their mistakes.”
Remchukov added that Samba would undergo a medical check today.
Samba, 29, first joined Anzhi last year from Blackburn in a deal estimated at $18 million and played 27 league games for the Caucasus club over the space of a year.
In March 2012, he was the target of a racist incident when a banana was thrown at him during a match at Lokomotiv Moscow's stadium.
Shortly after joining QPR, the French-born player said he had "no plans" to go back to Russia, saying he did not want to be far away from his family.
After Samba's departure, Anzhi's defense crumbled for the rest of the season and the club slipped out of the Champions League qualifying places, eventually finishing third in the Russian Premier League.
If Samba returns, he would be Anzhi's fourth signing of the summer, following Russia captain and midfielder Igor Denisov, winger Alexei Ionov and goalkeeper Mikhail Kerzhakov.
Updated at 4:30 p.m. to correct lead and headline to remove word former, as Samba currently remains at QPR.