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Mancini: Robinho and Santa Cruz on way out

August 25, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Robinho has told Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini he wants to play in either Italy or Spain after snubbing an approach from Turkish side Fenerbahce.

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Brazil international Robinho, who went out on loan to Santos last season, looks increasingly likely to leave Eastlands with manager Roberto Mancini revealing the forward "has two or three options" to choose where he wants to go.

Mancini said: "I have spoken with Robinho and he can stay if he works well and trains well. I have a good relationship with him. But I think he wants to play in Italy or Spain."

Lazio are also keen on Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz, who like Robinho has found himself down the pecking order.

Mancini said: "Roque is a fantastic guy and a fantastic player. It is possible he will leave for Lazio or another team."

While Robinho and Santa Cruz look on their way, it appears another striker Jo could have a future at the club after all.

Jo had on spell on loan at Everton, where he was disciplined by manager David Moyes in January for going to back to Brazil without permission. He ended the season playing for Galatasaray.

Mancini said: "I believe Jo is a good striker. I remember him when he played for CSKA Moscow and I was in charge of Inter Milan. He is a good player."