Roque Santa Cruz in talks with Sam Allardyce over Blackburn Rovers future

22 December 2008 09:27
The gloss was taken off Allardyce's successful first weekend in charge of Rovers by Santa Cruz's comments. [LNB]The Paraguayan striker, who is a target for Manchester City and Aston Villa, feels he should be challenging for trophies at the top of the Premier League rather than fighting for survival at Ewood Park. [LNB]And Allardyce must now decide whether to keep hold his best player or offload him to finance reinforcements. [LNB]"I will sit down and see what the situation is. We'll deal with it professionally very quickly," said Allardyce. [LNB]Santa Cruz has not handed in a formal transfer request, although Allardyce will be wary of keeping an unsettled player when Blackburn are fighting for survival. [LNB]Speaking before Rovers' 3-0 win over Stoke, Santa Cruz said: "I am happy at Blackburn but also I want to keep improving my football and remain ambitious. My contract with Blackburn is clear and for that I need to continue with the club. [LNB]"But I am looking to again play in a big side that is in Europe and trying to win their league. [LNB]"I have to say the people here at Blackburn are fantastic, I am very happy with the fans. [LNB]"But, I don't want to miss the chance of playing with a big side. If a bigger club came in for me then I would like to take that opportunity. [LNB]"I also understand the interests of Blackburn as well and they do not want to lose players. [LNB]"I want to watch out for myself but I have to think of Blackburn. It is a very hard decision."[LNB]

Source: Telegraph