Eastlands man told to not come back.
Craig Bellamy banned by Manchester City
Craig Bellamy has been banned from Manchester City and black-listed as one of their players in a show of authority from the club’s manager, Roberto Mancini. Bellamy has been told he will not be welcome at City’s practice ground when the players resume training tomorrow and ordered to stay away until a deal has been arranged to find him a new club.
It follows several clashes with Mancini and other senior employees over the past few days. Bellamy has been outraged by the way City have marginalised him and has made his feelings clear to the manager and other players. He was told to train with the reserves on Friday but his attitude was perceived to be so “disruptive” the club have told him he is no longer welcome.
An angry Bellamy has returned to Wales to be with his family and is expected to train with Cardiff City tomorrow.
Cardiff have contacted City to ascertain their position and are hoping to capitalise on Bellamy’s desire to play for his hometown club by persuading him to take a pay cut on a loan agreement. However, reports of a deal being imminent are premature, with City turning down a request from the Championship club to pay part of Bellamy’s £95,000-a-week salary.
City would prefer to sell the 31-year-old but are reluctant to do business with Tottenham Hotspur, confirmed admirers of Bellamy, because they regard Harry Redknapp’s team as competitors for the Champions League places. Celtic and Sunderland are interested while Mark Hughes, the former City manager, is trying to sign Bellamy for Fulham plus two more players from his previous club, Roque Santa Cruz and Shay Given.
Several other clubs are understood not to be deterred by the rancorous split and Bellamy’s apparent inability to avoid confrontation with authority. Bellamy’s CV, including spells at Liverpool, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers, has become synonymous with controversy and his eight months under Mancini have been rife with tension and mutual suspicion. (Guardian)
Whilst there is no denying that Craig Bellamy is known to be something of a loose cannon, one can understand how frustrating it must be to find yourself surplus to requirements even though you have represented the club to the best of your abilities.
The Welsh international was one of the club’s top performers last term but has found himself frozen out of the first team due to the influx of new signings and as a result has been involved in clashes with Roberto Mancini and it seems the best thing for all concerned is if someone comes along and buys the 31 year old. A move to Cardiff City seems unlikely and a move to Parkhead could well be the most likely next port of call for the attacker.