English Premiership

Bellamy issues quit threat

2010-08-10 19:09
Craig Bellamy (AFP)

Cardiff - Craig Bellamy has admitted he may quit football if he is axed by Manchester City.

The Wales captain, who is by no means guaranteed a place in big-spending City manager Roberto Mancini's 25-man senior squad, revealed Tuesday he had rejected an offer to move to German club Wolfsburg - managed by former England boss Steve McClaren.

The 31-year-old striker is set to win his 59th cap in Wales's friendly against Luxembourg in Llanelli on Wednesday in what will be the country's final match before their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign against Montenegro next month.

"I feel strongly I can offer something at the club," Bellamy said Tuesday. "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.

"This game is as ruthless as any. I sort of feel I am not going to be part of it (at Manchester City). 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.

"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.

"I have to see what options I have. I am here to play football.

"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."

City begin the new English Premier League season away to Tottenham Hotspur - the team that pipped them to fourth spot and a Champions League place last term - on Saturday.

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