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Manchester City Attacker Craig Bellamy Threatens to Retire If He Fails to Make 25 Man Squad

Eastlands Welsh international worried about his future at the club.

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Craig Bellamy says he could quit football if he fails to make Manchester City’s 25-man squad for this season.
New rules mean each Premier League squad must now be capped, and the Wales captain feels he is not certain to be registered by manager Roberto Mancini.
“If I don’t get in the squad I don’t know what I will do,” said 31-year-old Bellamy, who revealed he has rejected an offer to join German club Wolfsburg.
“I might finish, full stop. Or look at every option. This game is ruthless.”
“I feel strongly that I can offer something at the club,” Bellamy added.

“[But] I sort of feel I am not going to be part of it. I can see it from a distance. I find that very difficult to take because I really enjoy playing for Manchester City. I think I have shown that with my commitment this year.”
Bellamy was bought by former City boss Mark Hughes for £14m in January 2009 and went on to enjoy arguably his finest season.
But amid apparent unrest, Tottenham and a host of other clubs were reported to be interested in Bellamy.
“I’ve had a few options. I’ve turned down Wolfsburg. I don’t fancy Germany, it’s not somewhere I see myself playing football,” the striker continued.

“With this 25-man ruling, it doesn’t matter how well I train or how good my attitude is, I might not be registered to play.
“So do I go without playing football until January, or do I find myself a club where I can play football? I am committed to stay where I am.
“I feel I deserve to be part of it, but I don’t pick the 25 or the team. I have to wait on their decision.”(BBC Sport)

You can understand where Craig Bellamy is coming from. He deserves to be playing first team football and surely his prediction that he will miss out on the 25 man squad is surely just him being a tad pessimistic, after all the Welshman had a solid season last term and he started 26 out of the 38 Premier League matches so is sure to still be part of Roberto Mancini’s plans, no?

If not then I would imagine that the Italian boss would be looking to sell the attacker rather than have him wasting away at the club, something that would be of no use to both club and player. The Eastlands side have a fair few players who will miss the cut and there is bound to be a flurry of transfer activity as we get nearer the end of the transfer window.

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