Santa Cruz: I want out of City and so does Tevez
Wednesday 27 October 2010
Roque Santa cruz has revealed he wants to move to Spain in the new year and also claims Carlos Tevez is unhappy at Manchester City.
The Paraguayan striker, 29, was close to joining Lazio before the summer transfer deadline but has barely featured this season, having joined City from Blackburn for £18m following a protracted pursuit in the summer of 2009.
Having almost departed just two months ago, Santa Cruz's desire to move on will come as little surprise but his claims about the City captain Tevez could have a more far-reaching impact.
Tevez, who has just under four years left on his contract at Eastlands, recently insisted he was "an old man", had had enough of football and would retire soon. Santa Cruz says the City captain is miserable. "Your heart goes out to his family," Santa Cruz said. "He wants to be among his people, who are in Argentina.
"His siblings and his daughters are also there... when you feel that your homeland is calling you back, you could end up giving up everything to return. Still, I think he will see it out and fulfil his contract with City before returning home."
Mark Hughes was desperate when City manager to sign the Paraguayan, whose career he revitalised by taking him to Blackburn from Bayern Munich, but Santa Cruz has made just six Premier League starts. Even under Hughes, he was consistently injured and has rarely been considered for Mancini's lone striker's role since the Italian took over in December.
Santa Cruz cannot see the situation changing and now wants a transfer to La Liga. "Unfortunately I'm not playing as I'd like," he added. "The club has invested heavily, competition for places is great and I'm working every day to try and convince the coach but I'm still not getting picked.
"I'm not getting the playing time to convince anybody and my priority is to leave in the January transfer market. The coach has opted for certain players and on top of that his system plays with just the one striker, so I have even fewer options.
"I'm 29 years old and still hope to fulfil my dream of playing in Spain. It is the dream of most South American players, so hopefully it will happen."
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
Concerns raised phenomenon is threatening resort's image as a family destination
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
Latest in Sport
'Adel Taarabt is about three stone overweight. I can't pick him' - Harry Redknapp
Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
Arsenal vs Hull: Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan lead criticism of Arsene Wenger after 'uncomfortable' interview with Jacqui Oatley
QPR vs Liverpool match report: Liverpool snatch victory in seven late minutes of madness
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce calm over lack of new contract
- 1 Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
- 2 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Lynda Bellingham dead: Loose Women presenter dies after battle with colon cancer
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Sorry Judy Finnigan – Ched Evans is no less sickening than an alleyway rapist
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver allegedly kicks gay couple off for kissing