Anzhi Makhachkala vs Zenit St. Petersburg
According to The Daily Mail, Anzhi manager Guus Hiddink expressed disappointment with the loss of Samba. The same article reported that Hiddink commented about not being notified by Samba.
While money may purchase a player, he or she must be treated with dignity. Samba might have been affected by the racist culture in Russian Football as reported by fellow B/R writer Kim Newsome.
Samba suffered racist taunts in the hands of spectators in Russia. An example was a banana thrown at him during a match between Anzhi and Lokomotiv Moscow as reported by The Guardian.
Whether there were measures taken to minimize racist incidents, it did not help Samba. In the end, Samba took advantage of an opportunity in England to leave.
The lesson for Anzhi, and Russian clubs is that if they want to retain players, they will have to combat racism. The lesson applies to Russia as it will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.