Manchester City’s Roque Santa Cruz open to Championship move amid reported interest from Leeds United - father

Out of favour striker would be willing to drop down to the second tier of English football to ensure that he can find regular first-team action after being frozen out at City
Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz would be willing to drop down to the Championship to play regular first-team football, his father has revealed.

The Paraguay international has been frozen out at the Etihad Stadium and a move to Blackburn Rovers, where he spent the second half of last season on loan, has failed to materialise.

But with Leeds United emerging as shock contenders for his signature, Aproniano, Santa Cruz's father and agent, says the striker would be open to a move to a club in England's second tier.

"The Championship is very competitive with powerful teams who, not long ago, were in the top division and have huge stadiums, like Leeds," he told The Sun.

"Ultimately, his future will be decided by City but Roque would consider playing for such a team.

"City are looking for another club for him because Roque wants to go to a different team where he can have more chances to play."

The striker has four years of experience in English football after spells at Blackburn and Manchester City since moving to Ewood Park in 2007.