The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

AS­TON Villa boss Steve Bruce says he is still mulling over whether to of­fer Christo­pher Samba a con­tract but ex­pects a de­ci­sion in the next fort­night.

Cen­tre-back Samba, best known to Bri­tish fans from his spells at Black­burn and QPR, has been train­ing with Villa to im­prove his fit­ness and po­ten­tially earn a deal after leav­ing Greek side Panathi­naikos.

Bruce says it is not a trial but ac­knowl­edges there is a de­ci­sion soon to be made re­gard­ing the 32year-old.

“I’ve got to sit down with him and his rep­re­sen­ta­tive and see but there’s been noth­ing de­cided just yet,” said Bruce.

“I watched Samba on Mon­day night. I’ve known him through Big Sam (Al­lardyce) and he’s wanted to come and train.

“There’s this no­tion that he’s on trial. It’s not re­ally a trial as such. He wants to earn a con­tract and we’ve given him the plat­form to keep fit.

“He is here get­ting some match prac­tice and im­prov­ing his phys­i­cal lev­els. He is good to have around but he is a bit short phys­i­cally.”

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