Santa Cruz has only found the net four times this season
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has told Roque Santa Cruz he wants him to stay despite calling the striker's remarks over his future "very poor timing".
Santa Cruz told BBC 5 Live last Friday, the day before Allardyce's first game, he would leave Ewood Park if a "better or an ambitious club" came in for him.
"Obviously I felt it was slightly sinister, the timing of it, but we have resolved that," Allardyce said.
"I've told him I don't want him to leave. That is probably the end of it."
Santa Cruz has been linked all season with a reunion with Manchester City manager Mark Hughes, the man who signed him for Rovers from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2007.
I don't want to miss the chance of playing with a big side
Roque Santa Cruz
Since Allardyce took over at Rovers last Wednesday there have been suggestions the Paraguayan striker, who could command a fee of between £15m and £20m, would be offloaded in January to generate necessary funds for squad rebuilding.
But the former Bolton and Newcastle manager said that was not the case.
"You can never be 100% about anything in this game but I haven't come here to sell my best players," he stressed.
Santa Cruz, 27, hinted he is keen to move on to a bigger club.
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