Suarez wants in, Roque wants out
- Sat 09 Feb 2013, 8:17AM
- Posted by @dclayton_MCFC
Two players at opposite ends of the spectrum are featured in today’s collection of City-related Press features.
Roque Santa Cruz may not have featured for some time for the Blues and is unlikely to again with his current deal expiring in the summer and Give Me Football focus on the likeable Paraguayan, on loan at Malaga, and his plans for the future.
Patrick Surlis writes: "Bought from Blackburn in a £17.5m deal in 2009, Santa Cruz fell out of favour following the departure of Hughes that same year.
‘At City I had an excellent relationship with the coach, first Mark Hughes, and then Roberto Mancini, and with the club. I knew the situation when I arrived there,’ Santa Cruz said.
‘Mancini was honest with me. I don't blame anyone. They made big investments. I didn't get to play much, but there's no blame.
‘During my season at Manchester City I wasn't 100 per cent right, physically. Now I am.
But I won't be going back there. In June, I'm no longer a City player. My contract finishes
...R S Cruz...
Injury certainly hampered Roque’s City career but life in La Liga clearly suits him these days.
Keeping the Spanish theme, Academy graduate Denis Suarez is desperate for first-team recognition and has admitted he may need to look elsewhere to find, albeit on a temporary basis.
The 19-year-old midfielder hasn’t had a chance to impress the manager apart from one senior game against Aston Villa earlier this season and he feels now is the time to kick on.
Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News writes: “With City’s injury problems easing, the door to the first team appears closed for the Spain under-19 international, who signed from Celta Vigo in 2011 in a deal which could eventually be worth £2.75million.
“Suarez has been training with the first team squad this season and has scored four goals in 11 appearances for the elite development squad.
“But he may ask for a loan next season if his prospects do not improve, saying: ‘This year I’m a first-team player although that allows you to keep playing with the reserves
‘This year Mancini has called me into squads although I haven’t made my Premier League debut. Next year I believe I’m a first-team player or I’ll have to go out on loan.
Reserve games are every weekend but it’s not like playing in Spain in the second division or the Second Division B
‘When I was at Celta, aged 16, I was playing against players aged 30 but it’s not the same. Here it’s players aged 20. It’s not that I’m not going to progress but I believe the time of playing with reserves has ended and now, if I don’t play with the first team, I’ll have to find a way out on loan.’”