Malaga striker Santa Cruz holds no grudge against Man City boss Mancini

Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz denies a rift with manager Roberto Mancini. Santa Cruz has had a role in Malaga's superb start to their maiden Champions League campaign.

Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz denies a rift with manager Roberto Mancini.

Santa Cruz has had a role in Malaga's superb start to their maiden Champions League campaign.

There is even a chance he could play against his parent club later in the competition, although clearly City would need to improve after picking up just a single point from their first two games.

Santa Cruz would welcome a meeting though, if only to have a chat with Mancini, a man he still respects despite the Italian's decision to dump him.

"We have an honest relationship with great respect," said Santa Cruz.

"He knows he will get the truth from me if he asks anything and I believe I can go to him too."

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