Why Craig Bellamy won’t quit football
“I feel strongly that I can offer something at the club. But if I don’t get in the 25-man squad, I don’t know what I will do.
“I might finish, full stop, or look at every option I get.”
There’s virtually no chance of Craig Bellamy remaining with City and not making the final squad of 25. Most supporters would have him in the squad based on his performances last season. Whether Roberto Mancini is quite so enamoured with Bellamy’s qualities may be open to question.
If the Welshman is likely to be on the fringes of things at City, then a transfer could be arranged with one of the numerous teams who would be glad to have him. In the event of the transfer window being about to close with a deal not in place, then a loan could be arranged.
Mancini would surely prefer that to having an unhappy Bellamy hanging about the place contemplating retirement. It simply wouldn’t happen.
If we were particularly suspicious then one might wonder whether Bellamy had been encouraged to make these comments by an agent to help engineer a move.
It’s been said that City don’t want to sell to rivals such as Spurs this season. Comments like these might soften that stance if Bellamy’s position becomes ‘untenable’ (to use a popular media term).
Yet Bellers is known to provide great copy for journalists as he speaks openly and from the heart. Clearly he’s not sure of his future under Mancini – not being one of the 21 players to get a run out against Valencia in the final pre-season game was pretty damming.
Given that he can’t play twice a week, would Bellamy be set to play a friendly for Wales if he was integral to Mancini’s plans for the season opener on Saturday lunchtime? It’s doubtful to say the least.
As a consequence these quotes shouldn’t come as a big surprise. Bellamy has never been one to hang around at clubs, so a transfer is definitely on the cards. If Mancini wants him to stay then he needs to put the proverbial arm around the shoulder and offer a reassuring word.
Bellamy could still play an important role for City this year. Neither Silva or Balotelli offer the same commitment to the team when it comes to tracking back. Bellers is a seasoned Premier League player who we know will give his all in messy away games against the likes of Stoke and Blackburn.
Not dropping points in these fixtures is crucial. United effectively conceded the title last season with a limp draw at Blackburn.
These are the games where Bellamy saw off the threat to his place from Robinhno. He could easily do the same to Balotelli, a player often criticised by Mourinho for showing no interest in the defensive side of the game.
It’s to be hoped he stays for this season where his experience could be vital. Bellamy is a player with little silverware to show for all his endeavours. It would be great to see him pick up some with City.