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 Posted by ESPN Staff
May 15, 2009

Rovers boss Allardyce slams ''underhand'' Santa Cruz

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has lost patience with Roque Santa Cruz's transfer talk and accused him of ''underhand'' tactics.

He wants the Paraguay striker to focus on getting fit rather than giving radio interviews back home.

Santa Cruz remains sidelined with a knee injury and will sit out the Premier League match against Chelsea on Sunday.

He has not played for two months because of the problem yet in the meantime continues to try to engineer a move away from Ewood Park.

Only this week he used the airwaves to reiterate his desire to wear the colours of a bigger club - and he is rapidly losing favour with the fans.

Allardyce has now become tired of Santa Cruz's outbursts and said: ''He has become a little bit underhand.

''These kind of remarks always sneak out where we cannot control the situation. It has happened too many times for it not to be him and is disappointing.

''That is life today but Roque should really concentrate on getting himself fit and playing football for Blackburn, never mind talking about where his future may lie.

''Without his fitness and his capability of producing more than last season, he will perhaps struggle to get the move he is looking for.''

According to Allardyce, Santa Cruz can move but only if the price is right.

''I have always got on with Roque extremely well and explained the situation to him as it lay in January,'' said the Blackburn boss.

''If someone meets the value, he is gone. It is that simple.It is a shame he has not been fitter because he is a terrific player.

''The fans will always take a dim view of someone who openly says he wants to leave. I understand that, so we will have to wait and see what happens.''

Allardyce is, meanwhile, keen to tie up a long-term deal with on-loan defender Gael Givet.

It is understood a £3.5m move is already in place with Marseille for Givet, who has become a regular in the side after arriving in January.

Allardyce, however, wants to see some common sense when it comes to personal terms as the Frenchman was out of favour at his club.

He said: ''We are trying as hard as we can and as quick as we can. I know the player wants to stay and I want him to stay. He has been a magnificent find for us.

''But he also has to understand that we have resurrected his career and loyalty needs to be shown both ways.

''Hopefully we can cross that line because at this stage it is always about the financial side of it.

''I hope that he is sensible enough to understand that it isn't just about finance, it is about football.

''Football is the most important thing to him and his family. He's had a daughter recently, in the last few days. We congratulate him on that, now let's make his long-term future here at Blackburn.''

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