Santa Cruz won't rejoin City

Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz does not expect to return to parent club Manchester City when his loan deal at Malaga expires at the end of the season.

Last Updated: 10/02/13 at 17:33 Post Comment

Roque Santa Cruz: Says he will not return to Manchester City

Roque Santa Cruz: Says he will not return to Manchester City

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The 31-year-old joined City from Blackburn in 2009 but failed to establish himself in the first team, instead taking in loan spells back at Rovers, as well as in Spain with Real Betis.

Santa Cruz is spending this season on loan at Malaga, with his City deal set to expire in the summer.

The frontman says he bears no grudges to the reigning Premier League champions but will not return to the Etihad Stadium when his contract is up.

He told Goal: "At City I had an excellent relationship with each of the coaches that I had - Mark Hughes first and Roberto Mancini later - as well as with the club.

"Mancini was honest with me and I don't blame anyone. They made big investments and I wasn't able to play much, but there is no blame.

"During my season at Manchester City I was not 100 per cent fit, like I am now. But I am not going to go back there.

"In June, I will not be a player of Manchester City anymore. The contract has expired."

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