Eastlands bench warmer on his way to Ewood Park.
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Roque Santa Cruz to rejoin Blackburn as City clear-out continues
Roberto Mancini’s gradual easing out of Mark Hughes’s signings at Manchester City is accelerating with Roque Santa Cruz likely to be next to join the exodus, the striker poised to rejoin Blackburn Rovers to end an 18-month spell better known for his injuries rather than goals.
Santa Cruz has scored only four times since joining City in July 2009 and Hughes’s year-long pursuit to bring him to Eastlands, for £17.5m, now looks to have been one of the more wasteful transfers of modern times.
In total, Santa Cruz started eight games, with another 16 substitute appearances. The Paraguay international has earned around £6m in wages and was so marginalised this season he did not even make Mancini’s 25-man squad for the Europa League. Instead the striker would often be seen cycling into the club’s practice ground to train on his own. (Guardian)
You have to feel sorry for Roque Santa Cruz regardless of the fact that he has been paid a very large sum for doing very little, you can hardly blame the Paraguayan for taking what the mega-rich club have offered him over the past 18 months. Also to state that the Man City striker has scored ONLY four times kind of fails to take into account that he has ONLY made eight starts for the club.
Unfortunately the former Bayern Munich as soon as Mark Hughes had been axed it was only a matter of time before Roberto Mancini was looking for a new look City side and ever since then the 29 year old has just been waiting for an offer to salvage his career.
Santa Cruz had a successful stint at Ewood Park prior to his move to Eastlands, where he netted 29 times from 62 starts and he will surely be warmly welcomed back at Blackburn Rovers.
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