"People sometimes say when you are in a good position, you need to go to a better team," Santa Cruz told the Daily Mail. "But I have something to pay back to the club.
"When the club have done something good for you, you have to be aware of it and do something good for the club.
"They offered me the chance to become a better player. That's why I came here in the first place, and that's also the reason why I signed a new deal.
"This is a very important year for the club, having changed the manager and with new people coming in. I am aware of the situation and I'm here to help the club.
"I am very happy everything is done and I'm staying here. They were the ones who would decide what is happening. They understand also that I'm very ambitious."