Man City striker Roque Santa Cruz has handed Fulham a boost by hinting he is likely to stay in England if Manchester City sell him next month.

The Paraguay striker will be allowed to leave Eastlands after playing less than half an hour of Barclays Premier League football this season.

Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen have both been linked with a player who came to England from Bayern Munich in July 2007.

And while Santa Cruz told German reporters that return to the Bundesliga would be attractive, he admitted his family were settled in England.

‘Definitely, I am considering my future and I understand people in Germany may believe I am currently injured,’ he said.

‘This is delusion. ‘I have been fully fit since the World Cup tournament. I have no troubles, I am feeling great, training every day and physically I am stronger than I ever was before.

‘The Bundesliga is a great competition with big stadiums and good clubs. This is why I think this league is a good option. I always felt good at being in Germany.

‘(But) I would not like to expect my wife and three children to move from England because they feel very much at home here. And for me it would be emotionally difficult to play for a club other than Bayern.’

Fulham boss Mark Hughes has twice signed the 29-year-old – while in charge at both Blackburn and then City – and is keen for the Paraguay international to boost his attacking options.