Roque Santa Cruz casts doubt on his and Carlos Tevez’s futures


Out-of-favour striker Roque Santa Cruz has cast doubt over his and Carlos Tevez's futures at Manchester City.

Santa Cruz has revealed he is determined to leave Eastlands in January and move to Spain.

The 29-year-old Paraguayan has made just one Carling Cup appearance for the Citizens this season after falling victim to the influx of new players into the club since Roberto Mancini took over as manager last year.

Meanwhile, Santa Cruz claims that Tevez, who was recently installed as City captain, is desperate to return to his native Argentina.

"I am now 29 and I hope to complete my dream of playing in Spain," he told Spanish radio.

"That is the main dream of most South American players, so we shall see. I hope it can happen.

"My aim is to leave City in the upcoming winter transfer window and I hope to be able to go to the Spanish league.

"Unfortunately, I am not playing as much as I would like. The club has spent a lot and the competition is huge and so you just have to work every day to try and convince the manager, but even then I am not called upon.

"The situation is very complicated and I want to stay positive, but I have not been given the minutes to convince anyone and my priority is to leave in the next winter transfer window.

"The manager has put his faith in certain players and, besides, he has chosen a system which only uses one striker, which means I have even less options."

Speaking about Tevez, who was reported to have been involved in a heated argument with Mancini recently, Santa Cruz added:"His heart is with his family. He wants to be with his people and they are in Argentina. His brothers and also his daughters are there.

"When one feels that his homeland is calling he may do anything to go back.

"But I think he will stick it out and complete his contract with City before going back home."

The 26-year-old South American still has four years remaining on his contract at the City of Manchester Stadium.

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