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Blackburn boss Kean: Santa Cruz critical to Formica deal

Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean is excited about their capture of Newell's Old Boys attacker Mauro Formica.

Kean revealed he used Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz to persuade the young player to choose the Lancashire town over the bright lights of Monaco.

He said: "I've seen him a number of times and he reminds me of a young Batistuta. He twists, he turns, he can score with left foot, his right foot, he can play as a main striker or even wide or in the hole.

"He's probably the most exciting, and one of the best, young players in Argentina.

"I found out that Mauro had followed Roque's career so I got Roque to give him a call and tell him a bit about the way we worked at the club and to consider coming to us instead of going to Monaco, and it paid off."

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