Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Blackburn's Santa Cruz: 'I Would Like To Join Robinho At Man City'

Paraguayan International striker Roque Santa Cruz has revealed that he would be interested in leaving Blackburn Rovers to link-up with samba star Robinho at Manchester City.

City manager Mark Hughes is a big fan of the former Bayern Munich player, having brought the 27-year-old forward to the Premier League when in charge of Blackburn in 2007. Santa Cruz has proved a huge success in the Premiership and has scored 21 goals in 44 appearances for Rovers during his time at Ewood Park.

Hughes is keen to pair Santa Cruz with British record signing Robinho at the Eastlands Stadium and had an offer for the front-man turned down during the summer. However, it is believed that City will reignite their interest in Santa Cruz when the transfer window reopens in January, with Santa Cruz himself revealing that he likes the idea of playing for a team that can fight for trophies.

“Manchester City is a team that has a very important financial support that is getting prepared for winning the title,” Santa Cruz told radio station Primero de Marzo.

“I am very happy at Blackburn 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.

Should City make a move for Santa Cruz as expected in January, they will face a fight from Rovers manager Paul Ince, who will be reluctant to let such an integral part of his Blackburn team leave Ewood Park.

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