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Bellamy Leaves And Salutes Brilliant City

So much for all the ludicrous shrieking about how Manchester City 'treat' their players. Cardiff City striker Craig Bellamy tells it like it is at MCFC... the passionate 31 year old striker started his one year loan in his home town, he had these words to say for his alledgedly evil employers:

'Manchester City have been brilliant and really made this possible. Nothing's difficult about this. I had the greatest time at Manchester City, I was brought to take that club on to the next level and I feel I did that.'

Hack fuelled stories have abounded of a demented Bellamy creating mayhem and being banned by The Citizens. Bellamy moved today to clarify the situation in no uncertain terms:

'I am fine with Roberto Mancini and I hope he does really well. He`'s a top manager and he's brought in top players and I am sure they are going on to win that title. The players City are signing are incredible. I am sure they will win the title in the next couple of years and I hope they do.'

Bellamy then went on to explain exactly why he has move on to his 9th club in just over a decade:

'I had to look at the options and I have and that's why I am here. I am here to be home. I've spent the last six years up and down the road. I left home at 15 and I always had the feeling I wanted to come back, but at the top of my family has supported me all my life and I wanted to say thankyou and now they'll get to see me at home and hopefully at a high level...
I looked at every option, I'm happy, my family's very, very happy and now I'm on my own door step.'

City CEO Garry Cook had this to say of Bellamy's time at Manchester City erlier today:

'I am sure City fans have enjoyed seeing Craig play for City. He has been a great performer for us since joining in January 2009, and I would like to go on record as thanking him for his effort and determination to our is clear that it was right for Craig to make a move, and Manchester City has the utmost respect for the choice he has made.'

Cook went on to explain for the likes of Harry Redknap why Bellers chose Cardiff over elsewhere:

'There was a lot of interest in Craig from a number of Premier League clubs, but he indicated that he didn't want to settle for just another club, but wanted to go to help his hometown team and try to help them win promotion to the top flight. It was an admirable decision, and we wish him and Cardiff City all the very best for his new challenge.'

Cue frustrated kicking of bar stools tonight in the 'Street of Shame' as all continues well at Eastlands despite certain hacks worst efforts.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 17 2010

Time: 7:51PM

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All those now straw clutching that City are ruining the Championship form an orderly queue please...
Johnny Baguette
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17/08/2010 20:00:00

Ian Wright: "If I was Craig Bellamy, I would be fuming at the way I had been treated by Manchester City over the past few days. And I would be contacting my lawyers to see whether a club I've given everything for are guilty of restraint of trade. I find it unbelievable that he is now facing the prospect of having to train with Cardiff to keep himself in shape...Since the Arab takeover happened two years ago, the people involved in running the club have changed. The old Manchester City looked after their players properly whereas I feel Craig has been treated abominably by them."
Johnny Baguette
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17/08/2010 20:07:00

Sorry to see him go .....his work rate and passion will be sorely missed but we are now moving up a level and dodgy knees and advancing years won't fit in....Good Luck Craig
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17/08/2010 20:42:00

Apologies will come rolling in now...... won't they? I'll not hold my breath as these hacks and rival managers are not fit to wipe gentleman Mancini's boots. Instead expect wild eyed hateful headlines about Craig Bellamy being forced (as if!) to "talk up" devil club Manchester City. I'm quite coming to terms with being disliked as a club, at least we've now got an identity and a very clear agenda. It IS imminent and destiny awaits us fellow blues! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!
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17/08/2010 20:56:00

Spot on Robson. The likes of almost everyone associated with Spurs have clearly spent too much time focusing on Manchester City this week. Consequently, they've just been embarrassed in Switzerland.
Johnny Baguette
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17/08/2010 21:45:00

At least we got their tho eh Johnny!!! pushing you aside to do it 3-2 isnt that bad we will hopefully turn it round at the lane if we dont we learn from the mistakes as for Bellamy hope he does well back home!!. All the best!!
only 1 spurs
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17/08/2010 21:50:00

Spurs should do it easily, mate. But I watched the second half on canal plus and it could have ended up 5-2. A wake up call if ever there was one! TTFN
Johnny Baguette
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17/08/2010 21:57:00

Nothing became him of his time at City more than the leaving eh? Cheers Bellers, you've gone a long way towards confirming your status as a City legend by bowing out gracefully, and thank you for dispelling the myth that we are mistreating our players. P.S. The hacks will have it in for us even more now, as they have probably had to work late to replace the "Bellamy rips into City!" headlines they had prepared for days. PMSL!
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17/08/2010 21:59:00

All the best Bellers.
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17/08/2010 22:14:00

i agree we were really bad in the 1st half even in the 2nd we looked rocky but getting it back from 3-0 to come away with 2 away goals it sort of papers over how bad we were. i hope Harry gives em all a rollicking and we are ready for the rough and tumble of Stoke!! i agree with you cahps though on the Bellamy thing hes happily gone to a club he loves in his home town and bowed out gracefully the papers will rumage up any old crap they can with you as you are a threat to their favorites the untouchable 4 are no longer the case i hope obviously we stay in their but if not all the best to you guys.
only 1 spurs
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17/08/2010 22:16:00

Why are spurs fans and their wobbly arsed faced manager so fascinated bout city? I couldnt give a toss whether they existed or not
Super City Slicker
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17/08/2010 23:49:00

Ian wright is a idiot. Does he forget his son plays for city, as for the club not looking after players - city haved looked after swp despite his crappy performances. Good luck to bellars
Super City Slicker
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17/08/2010 23:52:00

Well then 'Super City Slicker' you have noticed Ian Wrights son plays for you? Therefor he knows better than you... Most teams that win the title get the respect 'deserve to win it' however when/IF you eventually win a title, its not 'unexpected' or 'respected' as its bought, bought stupidly infact, on the bright side we can pull coin out of you, you can have delph for 40m next year and albrighton the year after for 80m, come on manks! keep us challenging with you lot! hahaha
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18/08/2010 01:52:00

oh when the saints, oh when the saints, oh when the saints go marching innn I want to beee in that number, when the swiss go and the spuds!!!
Avfc94 we do
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18/08/2010 02:39:00

Sour grapes is something that leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Milner is not worth the money but that is what it cost because City had the dosh to pay it. Villa have done well out of this deal. City win the league it will because the get more points plain and simple.
SFC Forever
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18/08/2010 08:33:00

"Most teams that win the title get the respect 'deserve to win it' " - When was the last time that happened in England then, Avdom?
Johnny Baguette
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18/08/2010 09:01:00

Baguette boy, Well every time a teams won it basically haha, except chelsea with all their money, But yet again least they actually managed to challenge and win the title in their first 2 seasons with money LOL
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18/08/2010 10:17:00

So the rags never bought the title even though the only player who where used from their squad that they didn't buy were scholes and Giggs?
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18/08/2010 11:58:00

Hmm. Matthew Harding RIP bank rolled Chelsea for many years and Chelsea were an established top four side before The Oligarch came in. The rags stood unchallenged in the transfer market for years breaking record after record such was their undisputed wealth. Of course, Blackburn won it once off the back of Jack Walkers money. Let's face it, if Sheikh Mansour had chosen Villa, your club would have done exactly the same as City have. Believe me, Taggart would love to have the six players City signed this summer.
Johnny Baguette
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18/08/2010 11:59:00

My God.... Bellamy at Cardiff..... A shame that is. It may be just me but i thought he was one of your best players. He had insane ability and on his day could be magical. Sad that he left. I felt he'd go to Fulham
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18/08/2010 12:10:00

Maka, i dont think anyone doubts his ability, he wasnt too happy with Hughes leaving and caused enough trouble for Mancini. He has a track record of this. Its a shame cos he's a very good player. This is a make or break season for the manager so i doubt he was going to risk Bellers kicking up a fuss again sometime down the line.
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18/08/2010 13:43:00

Bellers also stated earlier this year that his knees won't stand two games in quick succession anymore.
Johnny Baguette
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18/08/2010 14:00:00


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