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Santa Cruz turns back on England

Roque Santa Cruz has stated he has no desire to return back to the Premier League once his Manchester City contract expires at the end of the season.

Santa Cruz, 31, currently on loan at Malaga, signed for Manchester City when Mark Hughes snapped him up for £17.5million in 2009.

However, within six months Hughes had been replaced by Roberto Mancini and after a succession of injuries the Paraguay international soon found himself surplus to requirements.

Santa Cruz's spell at Malaga follows on from previously being shipped out to both Blackburn and Real Betis on loan by the Manchester club.

But the former Bayern Munich man, who has scored one goal in six appearances this season, is enjoying his time in Spain so much so that when his City contract expires he wants to remain there or head back to South America.

"I do not see myself going back to the Premier League because my family are very settled here and I do not want to keep bringing my children back and forth [between England and Spain],'' he told BBC World Service.

"I want something stable for my family for the next few years. I would consider moving back to South America - something else I would love to do in the future.''

Mancini was in attendance for Santa Cruz's sole goal this season - Malaga's 2-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid - with many believing the Italian to be on a scouting mission to watch Radamel Falcao.

Despite Malaga's loanee not wanting to return to England he claims he still has a lot of respect for the City boss.

"We have an honest relationship with great respect,'' said Santa Cruz.

"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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