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27 May 2010 10:07:02

| Submit Comments| Comments (10)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapRoque Santa Cruz has urged City team-mate Stephen Ireland not to turn his back on the Eastlands club amid mounting speculation over the midfielder's future. Ireland has struggled to find his way into the plans of City manager Roberto Mancini following the Italian's arrival midway through last season. The 23-year-old is just 12 months into a lucrative five-year deal at City but is reportedly eyeing an exit after failing to reproduce the sparkling form he showed during the 2008/09 campaign. However, Paraguay international Santa Cruz believes Ireland still has much to offer the Premier League club, despite the expected influx of new players this summer. ?He is a very nice guy and a fantastic player also, so I think everybody at the club would be very disappointed to see him leaving. He is a great talent,? said Santa Cruz (above with Ireland). ?This season has been hard for him, not finding a starting place in the team, but it is always going to be hard when you are at a team that is getting new players who start all the time. ?It is very hard for everyone.? Santa Cruz is convinced he will be ready for the World Cup finals as he fights for match sharpness. The 28-year-old got 77 minutes under his belt in Monday night's 2-1 friendly defeat by the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, and is confident he will be in top form by the time he gets to South Africa. He said: ?I feel really good in terms of the knee and I am very pleased and happy that it let me play and train regularly. ?I am very confident I can get into a good rhythm.? What do you think? Have your say.| Submit Comments| Comments (10)| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:


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