Santa Cruz set for South American return.
Manchester City outcast Roque Santa Cruz may be set for a return to South America with Brazilian club Flamengo, talkSPORT reports.
Currently on loan at Spanish side Malaga, the 31-year-old is out of contract at the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season and the Brazilian giants are rumoured to be lining up a shock move to bring him back to South America, 14 years after he first departed for Europe.
The Paraguayan is enjoying a fine season in La Liga having scored 10 goals in 40 appearances that include an unexpected run to the last eight of the Champions League where they were finally overcome by Borussia Dortmund.
Santa Cruz joined City from Blackburn Rovers in 2009 but has been unable to recapture the sparkling form that prompted the club to sign him. Just three goals in 22 games in his first season saw him return to Rovers on loan the following year and before another loan spell at Real Betis.
Despite managing to score just 21 times in three years, that hasn’t stopped the Brazilian side from making him the latest star to head for the South American championship. In recent years the likes of Clarence Seedorf, Ronaldinho and Robinho have all made their way, or returned to, Brazil.