Take your green hills and shove ’em! Manchester City outcast Roque Santa Cruz ready to ditch Premier League

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester City outcast Roque Santa Cruz is ready to ditch the Premier League for a better life with his family in South America.

The 31-year-old winger is currently on loan at La Liga high flyers Malaga after being forced out Roberto Mancini less than one year after his £17million move from Blackburn.

The Paraguayan joined the Blues under Mark Hughes in 2009 but has struggled with injuries and found competition for his place in the first team too much – he has since been loaned back to Blackburn and Real Betis.

And with a promising role unfolding in Spain, the ex-Bayern Munich player is happy to turn his back on England.

“I don’t see myself going back to the Premier League,” he said. “My family are very settled [in Spain] and I do not want to keep bringing my children back and forth.

“I want something stable for my family for the next few years but I would consider moving back to South America – something else I would love to do in the future.”

The possibility of Champions League debutants Malaga having to face the Premier League champions is likely – Santa Cruz would be ineligible to play but he would be delighted to be drawn against the Blues, if only to chat with Mancini.

“We have an honest relationship with great respect,” Santa Cruz added. “He knows he will get the truth from me if he asks anything and I believe I can go to him too.”

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