Blackburn Rovers manager Paul Ince is delighted to have secured the long-term future of Roque Santa Cruz at Ewood Park, following recent interest in the striker from Manchester City.
The 27-year-old Paraguay international has penned a new four-year contract with Rovers, meaning that Ince can concentrate on building on a return of four points from the first two games of the new Premier League season.
He said after the 1-1 draw with Hull City: "I'm absolutely delighted. You guys have all seen the rubbish that's been written in the papers in the last couple of weeks and it's nice to just put it to bed now.
"It's been unsettling for everyone, including Roque himself, and we're absolutely delighted at the club. And the players are as well because he is a talisman for us.
"I think we've spent the last two weeks worrying if he was going to go or if he was going to stay and now we can put it to bed and concentrate on the Premier League."
Santa Cruz has scored 24 goals in 45 appearances for Blackburn since his arrival from Bayern Munich just over a year ago.