Striker Santa Cruz signs new deal to stay with Blackburn

Other News Materials 23 August 2008 00:54 (UTC +04:00)

Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz ended speculation about his future on Friday as he signed a new four-year deal, tying him to the club until 2012.

There was speculation earlier that the 27-year-old Paraguay forward could possibly move to Manchester City, while Manchester United and Arsenal had also expressed interest.

Santa Cruz had seemed likely to follow manager Mark Hughes to Manchester City, but having scored 23 goals last season, his decision will be a big boost to new manager Paul Ince, dpa reported.