Transfer news

Santa Cruz hopeful of Betis stay

May 22, 2012
By ESPN staff

Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz has reiterated his desire to sign permanently for Real Betis.

Roque Santa Cruz
GettyImagesRoque Santa Cruz is looking to seal a permanent move to Real Betis

• Santa Cruz wants Betis stay

Santa Cruz, 30, spent the 2011-12 season on loan at Betis after being deemed surplus to requirements by City, who he joined from Blackburn for £17.5 million in 2009.

The Paraguay international scored seven goals in 33 La Liga outings for Betis during his temporary spell and is hopeful of a prolonged stay, although he admits it depends on how his parent club approach negotiations.

"I'm fine here and I want to stay and there will be talks, hopefully in the coming weeks, with my agent,'' Santa Cruz said.

"It is important to see them (City) face negotiations with a smile on their face. The club has made a major investment in me and is entitled to see something in exchange.

"They do not want to give away players, many players are in a situation like mine. But Betis have my word that I will do everything possible to stay, although it depends on City.''