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Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay has pleaded with striker Craig Bellamy to shelve his plans for retirement by telling him no to make any hasty decisions, the Express reports.
The 34-year-old dropped hints earlier this week that he may call time on his long and colourful career at the end of the season, but Mackay has suggested that the player is yet to make a definitive decision.
“I think the remarks from Craig about retiring from football have been made quite casually right now,” Mackay said.
“I don’t think he’s definitely made up his mind yet and that is a good thing.
“He has said he will retire from international football to spend more time with his family and everyone respects that after what he has given for Wales.
“I think with football in general though he has got to that point in his career when you do reflect upon things.
“You start to wonder what the future holds for you outside of playing. I had that very much myself too.”
Bellamy is yet to get off the mark this season, but was a part of the squad that recorded an impressive 3-2 victory over Manchester City before the international break.
His involvement in and around the side will be vital in helping the club survive their first foray into the Premier League, and should they do so, they will be counting on him to help them consolidate themselves in the division in the same manner that rivals Swansea City have.