Wright-Phillips and Santa Cruz set to leave Man City

According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says that Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz is almost certain to return to his former club Blackburn in the coming days and also paved the way for Shaun Wright-Phillips to leave the club.

“Santa Cruz’s departure was always on the cards and it seems Wright-Phillips will be leaving too.” Mancini stated.

Both players are Mark Hughes signings, so it is not surprising that Fulham has been suggested as a possible destination for Wright-Phillips, other possible destinations for the winger are Birmingham and West Ham.

Hughes chased Santa Cruz for some time to get him to City, so would probably be interested in bringing him back to Craven Cottage, although it is thought that Santa Cruz would prefer to stay in the north-west.

Meanwhile Emmanuel Adebayor’s future is not so clear. Mancini confirmed that it will be at least a couple of weeks before he knows whether Mario Balotelli will need an operation on his knee, therefore the Togolese striker’s future remains in doubt.

A number of different clubs, both at home and abroad, have expressed their interest in the former Arsenal man, But Mancini does not want to leave himself short on options: “Maybe Manu will leave but we have another 20 days, so we have time to make a decision, if we lose three or four, we might end up in a situation where we don’t have enough players for the remainder of the season.”

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