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Rovers seal Santa return

Striker makes loan return to Ewood Park

Last Updated: 14/01/11 5:01pm

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Blackburn have signed former star Roque Santa Cruz from Manchester City on loan until the end of the season.

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"I feel like I am coming home. This has been the easiest decision of my career"
. Roque Santa Cruz on returning to Blackburn. Quotes of the week

Santa Cruz left Rovers for Manchester City in 2009 after two successful seasons at Ewood Park.

The Paraguayan striker scored 29 goals in 70 games for Blackburn with City signing him for a fee of £17.5million.

However, Santa Cruz was unable to establish himself in City's star-studded side due to injuries and competition for places.

A number of clubs were thought to be keen on taking Santa Cruz from City in this month's transfer window, but Blackburn have won the race for the 29-year-old.

Santa Cruz becomes Steve Kean's first signing at Blackburn and the Rovers boss has revealed he hopes to make the deal permanent if he impresses during his loan stint.


"Roque had a fantastic time when he was first here and he showed his quality," said Kean. "Hopefully he'll do that again until the end of the season.

"It's massive from his point of view because he doesn't have to settle in at a new club. He's coming back to a place that was special to him and I'm sure he's going to deliver just as good or even better.

"We're trying to speak to Manchester City at the moment regarding an option about signing Roque at the end of the season, so we don't know about that yet.

"It's something we'll ask for, but we don't know if they'll commit to it."

Easy decision
Santa Cruz admitted it was an easy decision to return to Blackburn admitting it felt like 'coming home'.

"I feel like I am coming home. This has been the easiest decision of my career," Santa Cruz told the club's official website

"I want to get playing and scoring goals again and this is a real chance for me to prove myself after a frustrating period. Everyone knows what Blackburn Rovers means to me."

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