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Crocky To Be The Next High Profile Exit?

Following the earlier exits of Martin Petrov and Sylvinho, occasional City striker Roque Santa Cruz is being heavily linked with a move to Stoke City...

A clear out of sorts is imminent at Eastlands as Roberto Mancini prepares to apply the finishing touches to his revamped Premier League squad and it seems that Crocky could be the next to follow Rigsby and Sylvinho down Ashton New Road.

Last year, Mark Hughes embarked upon a relentless public pursuit of Roque Santa Cruz's signature, with repeated increased bids knocked back a gleeful Blackburn Rovers. In the end, Rovers settled for 17.5 million quid.

Santa Cruz had undergone serious knee surgery and many embarrassed Blues voiced their concerns at that time. Those concerns became reality as Crocky remained sidelined and woefully short of match fitness for months. In truth the big striker has been injury ravaged throughout his career.

His current record at City hardly makes for prolific reading, 7 League and Cup Starts, 15 substitute appearances and 4 goals.

Since the likeable Rocky joined City, the club's ambition stakes have become higher and in these days of new squad rules, there is little or no room for passengers. It could well be that Roberto Mancini would be content to recoup financially what he can from Santa Cruz's forgettable year with The Blues, but his wages will be a big factor in determining where he ends up.

Should City sell Santa? Give us a shout both here and in the VMC Forums.

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Writer: Bluey Armstrong VMC Newsdesk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 28 2010

Time: 12:08PM

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I think it is inevitable that there will be departures. Santa Claus has delivered absolutely nothing to Manchester City. No hardship to me if he goes to Stoke for half the money
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28/07/2010 12:19:00

In his whole career hes only had one decent season (first season at blackburn), he were so good he would have joined a big club when leaving bayern munich. I couldnt believe at the time hughes signed him, though we were linked with forlan and higuain. Cruz has been a terrible signing and the sooner he goes the better. I hope nimely takes his place in the squad.
Super City Slicker
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28/07/2010 13:05:00

Spot in SCS. He has made about 140 league starts in 10 years! 82 of them came in his 8 years at Munich!
Johnny Baguette
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28/07/2010 13:15:00

Waste of money...Was never good enough for Bayern, good enough for the likes of Blackburn, Wigan, Stoke and Wolves etc... but definitely surplus to requirements at Eastlands. Sorry Crocky, you were a nice enough lad but you'd be best off to follow Hughesy to Fulham -We'll probably get a decent amount for you as well then!
Blue ponderer
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28/07/2010 19:42:00


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