Roque Santa Cruz resigned to Man City exit

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Paraguay international Roque Santa Cruz has resigned himself to leaving Manchester City in January.

The 29-year-old former Bayern Munich and Blackburn Rovers striker has made only one appearance this season – in the Carling Cup defeat at West Brom.

Santa Cruz retired from international football after the World Cup finals in South Africa and was expected to leave Eastlands before the summer transfer window closed.

City manager Roberto Mancini admitted last month that the forward was unlikely to enjoy much first-team football this term, and Roque Santa Cruz has now admitted:"I can't see myself playing in the team and that's frustrating.

"When the boss does not believe in you then you can't push him to do so.

"It's frustrating for me because I'm healthy and I'll keep working hard on my fitness.

"But once the time comes, I'll have to look at my options of playing somewhere else. There is no alternative."

The forward has been linked with a reunion with Mark Hughes at Fulham after scoring only four times in 23 appearances for City.

He previously found the net 29 times in 70 matches for Blackburn before joining City in the summer of 2009 for £17.5million.

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