Roque Santa Cruz looks set for a season of frustrating after seeing a move away from Eastlands collapse.
Roque Santa Cruz will be dumped on football’s wasteland today after his move to Lazio collapsed.
Under Premier League rules, the Manchester City striker — one of Sheikh Mansour’s first signings at £18million — will become the most expensive reject in the top flight.
All Premier League clubs have to trim their first-team squads to 25 today, and Paraguay striker Santa Cruz has already been warned by boss Roberto Mancini that he will be frozen out.
That means the ex-Blackburn star must train with the reserves and hope a loan move can be sorted out.
Santa Cruz, 29, said: “I have always been happy at City and was looking forward to the season and to being part of a great club here.
“Unfortunately, the manager has told me he won’t be counting me for the rest of the season.
“All I can do is train hard, not get angry, prove my fitness and hope a loan can be sorted out.
“Lazio were there to take me but a deal could not be agreed.”
And City’s £32.5m British-record signing Robinho slunk off to AC Milan for £18.2m after flopping at Eastlands.
The Brazilian signed a four-year deal with the Italians and said: “I am very happy. Milan is an excellent club.”
Santa Cruz added: “I am happy for Robinho because he was having a hard time at City and he loves his football.
“He was given no chances to play in the team by the manager.” (The Sun)
Roque Santa Cruz is set for a frustrating season after missing out on a move away from the club and looks set to be one of the most expensive reserve team players in the history of football! Clearly not fancied by boss Roberto Mancini, it is unclear as to why City did not push through the sale of the striker.
Even for a rich club like City, having someone not playing and on such high wages just does not make any sense. Santa Cruz is at the peak of his career and would offer a lot to any club in search of a striker. It would be a shame to for his talent not to be used this season.