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Speaking on July the 14th Santa Cruz told Paravision TV, that he was looking to stay at Blackburn Rovers, and denied we wanted to join Manchester City, and was focused on the job he had to do at Blackburn.
"'A lot of people said my transfer to a bigger club was about to happen, but I live in the present and I'm focused on Blackburn,"
However it seems now that Manchester City are a good alternative to him now. It seems that Santa Cruz wants out of what I believe to be a relegation threatened club managed by a too inexperienced manager.
'City is a team with very important financial support."
'I am happy at Rovers but I like the idea of playing for a team that will be fighting for important objectives.'
'I will keep on doing what I do at Blackburn but if the coach of Manchester City is interested in me, I would like to join Robinho in that team. He is a wonderful player and I would like to play next to him.'
Quotes taken from the BBC website produces a quite desperate message to Manchester City. Santa Cruz only now wants to join the club who he was not too keen on, because of the financial power of Abu Dhabi. I`m sorry but I would turn him down on the spot. Manchester City does not need players who only want to join us because they want to earn double their existing salary. Does Mark Hughes even need him now he can look further up the food chain?
Sorry Santa Cruz you blew your chance, you could have said this in July and you may have just been playing in blue right now.
(No doubt he`ll join City in January and I`ll be left eating my words, but I`ve made my own mind up about him, and it would be up to him to prove me wrong.)