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Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz has told the media he would love to join the Manchester City revolution. A sudden change of heart has not only surprised me, but provides even more evidence that money can change everything.

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.)

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday October 14 2008
Time: 6:35PM


Sounds like he is interested in joining you guys but if Ince doesnt want him to go then he wont.
Mikey D
14/10/2008 18:56:00
Yeah but Ince will get money in return? Sorry but I would like him to come to Manchester City, if you got a choice of more money and a team on the up you would do same... Plus he did want to come but Ince said no, so he had no choice!
14/10/2008 21:23:00
It's all speculation at the moment. He's hardly setting the Premiership on fire this season, and who's to say Hughes hasn't set his sights higher now he has untold wealth at his disposal? Roll on January!
14/10/2008 22:09:00
I am a little un-decided now about Santa Cruz......but I will as usual leave it up to MH to decide.....he knows who he wants and who will "fit in" the squad he is trying to build.
15/10/2008 08:46:00
Quite a few of us seem to have some doubts about Santa Cruz, who seemed very happy to stay with Blackburn until he made a few comments this week. From what I saw he didn't actually say what the Press headlines say. There was none of the "Hughes, come and get me" stuff. Quite simply he actually said he was impressed with Robinho and would like to play alongside him -- but that he was happy at Blackburn. That's my recollection, but I'll check it to make sure. At the moment it just looks like more Press mis-information again; making a story out of a myth wrapped in a fable about a tissue of lies.
15/10/2008 10:03:00
What Santa Cruz is actually saying does appear to depend on which newspaper you read. Some have him very keen to get an approach from SHughes, like this one from the Guardian online: (Santa Cruz) told a radio station in his native Paraguay yesterday that he would like to go through with the move if, as expected, he is the subject of a new bid in the January transfer window. "Manchester City is a team that has financial support and is getting prepared to win the title," said Santa Cruz. "I am very happy at Blackburn but I like the idea of playing for a team that will be fighting for such 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."" Full story here:
15/10/2008 11:14:00
Just to give some balance to this story, here is another article, this time it's a newspaper quoting Santa Cruz's agents, totally rubbishing the idea of a move: "The former Bayern Munich man has been quoted as saying he would like to team up with Robinho at a team “that is fighting for important objectives”, but Santa Cruz’s camp has quickly distanced the striker from these comments. His agency said: “I don’t think there is anything at all in these comments. Roque would not be so stupid as to say things like this, even if it was to a small radio station in Paraguay. “Every time we speak to him he is very happy at Blackburn, that is why he signed a new contract this summer. Roque is not trying to line up a move away. “There have been a number of stories in the newspapers saying he has said this but every time we speak to him, he says there is no truth in him looking for a move. “That is all we can say on the subject really. He is very happy at Blackburn and has no reason to be looking for a move away. We believe a lot of things written are rubbish.” " Full story is here:
15/10/2008 11:21:00
The comment from Santa Cruz's agents about the "small radio station in Paraguay" could be quite important. If you were running a radio station from a shack in a Paraguay jungle (imagine the scene: no Boddingtons at all!), where the neighbours swing from trees or eat each other... Then one way to get some publicity is to quote the nation's most famous celebrity as saying something controversial... Okay, I may be wrong, Paraguay is famous throughout the world for its standard of radio journalism -- and the only way poor isolated Roque could get his desperate pleas for salvation known to the world were to spill the beans to the only journalist in the world that he knew he could trust...
15/10/2008 11:28:00
The radio station in question is "Primero de Marzo." It seems they are not as isolated as I thought they may be, and are actually based in the capital -- Asunción. Not a shack in the equatorial rain forest, then. Pity, I preferred that image...
15/10/2008 13:37:00
No suprise to see RSC's agent back-peddling today saying he now doesn't want to come to City! Tosh! City wont even be after him!
15/10/2008 14:14:00
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