Blackburn Rovers' on-loan striker Roque Santa Cruz has confirmed he wants to make his move back to Ewood Park permanent.
The 29-year-old Parguay international will return to Manchester City at the end of the season – the club he left Rovers for in a £17.5million deal back in 2009.
Santa Cruz has never established himself in the Citizens first team, and since the arrival of Roberto Mancini at Eastlands has failed to impress the Italian boss.
With the signings of Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko, he has continued to fall further down the pecking order at City, and is now keen to rejoin his former club.
Having signed for Blackburn on a six-month loan deal in the January transfer window, Santa Cruz told BBC Radio Lancashire:
"When Blackburn showed an interest in me, it was very easy to decide."
And despite having failed to find the net for Steve Kean's side since his mid-season return, Rovers would are eager to re-sign their former star striker in the hope he will rediscover the prolific form from his first Lancashire spell.
"Everyone knows that I am very happy at the club, where I have a lot of friends," Santa Cruz continued.
"I have enjoyed my time here, so, for me, it would be a great thing if I could stay.
"But it is up to the club and City, so we need to see what will happen."
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