Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has urged star striker Roque Santa Cruz to stay at Ewood Park to help with Blackburn’s relegation battle, according to BBC Sport.
The Rovers publicly rejected a bid of Ã‚Â£12 million from Manchester City and Allardyce is confident that the Paraguayan will stay until the end of the season. He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “After declining the offer we haven’t received contact from Manchester City since.”
Allardyce has valued Santa Cruz at Ã‚Â£40 million, the cost of relegation from the Premier League after highlighting the striker as the key to survival.
Allardyce told the BBC: “I don’t think anyone is going to offer us Ã‚Â£40 million for Roque Santa Cruz. If it was offered,Ã‚Â i think i would have to take it. I don’t think the board would take too kindly to me saying “No, I’m still not taking that”. “
“The value of Roque as a player for us is far greater than what anyone could give us in terms of money. The money is no good to me at this stage of the season.”
Roque Santa Cruz was brought to Ewood Park in 2007 by Mark Hughes, now manager of Man City. The former Bayern Munich striker became the attention of much transfer speculation after a successful first spell in the Premiership in which he scored 19 goals in 37 league games.
Source: BBC Sport, BBC Radio 5 Live
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