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New Rovers deal for Roque
22 Aug 2008 - 17:41:40
Blackburn Rovers have ended speculation linking Roque Santa Cruz with a move away from Ewood Park after agreeing a new contract with the striker.
Santa Cruz, 26, has been linked with several moves away from the Lancashire club after scoring 23 goals in his debut season in England last year.
The Paraguay international was the subject of a failed £12million bid from Manchester City last week and newly-installed Rovers manager Paul Ince was adamant the striker would not be leaving the club this summer.
Now Santa Cruz has pledged his future to Blackburn after putting pen to paper on a new four-year contract.
"Blackburn Rovers are delighted to announce that Roque Santa Cruz has signed a new four-year contract with the club, running through until June 2012," read a brief club statement.
Speaking last week, Ince was confident of keeping hold of the striker, who joined Rovers from German giants Bayern Munich 12 months ago.
"I've sat down with Roque and we've had a chat and the lad is happy to stay at Blackburn Rovers," he revealed.
"I do not want to keep saying this, but nobody is going to be leaving the club.
"This has been going on and on about Santa Cruz and other people. The more you keep on about it the more it unsettles what we are trying to achieve.
"Let's dispel all this. No-one is leaving the club, we have had a really good start in this game."