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Craig Bellamy: Money For Old Rope

Craig Bellamy played for a Manchester City XI yesterday at Conference North side Altringham and in doing so he must have broke a world record for someone playing in front of just over 1,200 fans just so he could guarantee his 80,000-a-week salary.

Bellamy has one year left on his City contract and come hell or high water the Welshman, between now and June 2012 is going to dig his heels in and collect every penny he can. And if that means he trains with the City Youth team or on his own then I'm sure he'll happily oblige.

Mancini wants rid to such an extent the club paid two thirds of his wages last season when they loaned him out to his hometown club, Cardiff City.

Even SPL side Celtic have reportedly shown their interest in a season-long loan but they have had to put their enquiries on hold because they cannot get near his wage demands.

What now for Bellers?

Unless he drops his wage demands I envisage only one thing. He'll remain at Manchester City and disappear into the shadows.

There is no City reserve team next season and with no hope in hell of him receiving a squad number (don't for get the 25-man Premier League squad rule) then I'm afraid a talented player like Craig will go to waste.

I used to love Bellamy wearing his City shirt with pride and getting stuck-in to the opposition, and sometimes over enthusiastic fans but the time has come to move on. Swallow your pride Craig and stop earning money for old rope.




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Date:Sunday July 17 2011

Time: 3:47PM

Your Comments

I agree. Bellamy really should be the bigger man and go. He clearly isn't in the clubs plans and there are plenty of options if only he would be willing to take a pay cut.
bluerichy
Sod that. Take every penny you can son. I do not blame you at all, many of us would do exactly the same thing. Oil money is bottomless.
thenuge
Takes a man of real character to do that....not.
bluerichy
It really doesn't hurt us if he stays for another year and sits on his money but it will win him comparisons to Winston Bogarde as a player who puts money before profession, and Bogarde is remembered as a joke. Most likely outcome will be him loaned out to a team who will pay a % of his wages again. He life as a footballer is coming to a close anyway, he even hobbled off in the friendly yesterday.
StuMCFC
isnt this what the 'Geordie' Leg-end had a fall out with him, him just wanting to take the clubs money for little or no effort.... and why Newcastle could'nt wait to get rid?not going to get anywhere near what we paid him lucky if we get 1million for him.... see if the whinger wants him as a part payment for Nasri?
cityman51
His career, his decision. He'll be 32 by the end of his City contract, and dodgy knees notwithstanding, should have at least 2-3 years left as a player. But if he chooses to sit around on his backside for an entire year I suspect he'll more or less kill his career. This won't be the first time Bellamy's pig-headedness has interfered with his career, so if he wants to rot then so be it.
fifthcolumnblue
Bellers will tell you he wishes to maximise his earnings so he can continue to fund his foundation in Africa. He is very committed to that. The best solution would be to settle his contract and let him go play somewhere else. On the basis that City would have to pay him anyway, why not give him 50% of the earnings and earmark the other 50% for the foundation?
pedmachine
 

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