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01 Sep 2010 09:03:11

| Submit Comments| Comments (56)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapRobinho's move to AC Milan has ensured a Premier League reprieve for Roque Santa Cruz. The departure of the Brazilian playmaker to Italy in an £18m deal has freed up a place in Roberto Mancini?s 25-man squad which Santa Cruz is set to claim after a deadline day move to Lazio fell through. Robinho signed a four-year contract at the San Siro last night, one day before the second anniversary of his arrival at Eastlands from Real Madrid for a British record £32.5m. ?I hope to meet my new team-mates and win championships with them,? said the 26-year-old after arriving in Italy for his medical. ?I?m very happy. Milan are an excellent club.? Robinho?s exit will remove his £160,000-a-week salary from the Blues? wage bill and also ensures they will not have to pay a £2m loyalty bonus that would have been due to him shortly. Boss Roberto Mancini had included the unsettled Brazilian in his 25-man Europa League squad for the two-legged play-off against FC Timisoara, although he did not feature in either game. And it is understood he would have been included in City?s 25-man Premier League squad, which must be submitted by 5pm today, had the move to Milan not gone through. But his departure now opens the door for Santa Cruz (left) to be named in both squads ? even though he looked set to be part of Mancini?s summer clearout. Lazio wanted to sign the 29-year-old Paraguayan on a season?s loan with a view to a £6.5m permanent move but the deal collapsed. Santa Cruz said: ?They were there right until the end but they didn?t come to an agreement with the club.? With Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor, Mario Balotelli and Jo all ahead of him in the pecking order, Santa Cruz has acknowledged he is unlikely to get many games. But he was facing the prospect of missing the Premier League squad cut altogether until Robinho?s exit. ?I have heard from the manager he won?t be counting on me too much,? Santa Cruz said. ?I heard that a week before the season and I had time to see if I could arrange a move. ?But in the end the club were happy to keep me and they weren?t happy with anything that came through. ?Now I?ll try and prove myself in training and I?m looking forward to taking my chances.?| Submit Comments| Comments (56)| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:Sending


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