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Bellamy lashes out at Mancini rule


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LONDON: Unsettled Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy has reiterated his determination to leave the club, revealing he has not spoken to manager Roberto Mancini for 18 months.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph on Friday, Bellamy said his relationship with Mancini broke down within days of the Italian being appointed to replace Mark Hughes in 2009.

The 31-year-old Wales international, who has a year remaining on his City contract, spent last season on loan at Cardiff but is now keen to secure a permament move away from Eastlands.

However Bellamy said if he is unable to secure a move he expects to spend a year languishing in the reserves at City.

“At present I expect to go back there and stay the whole year. And if Mancini is still there I’ll probably do very little. Obviously I won’t be involved with him and the first team,” Bellamy said.

“It was tough (when Hughes left) – it was like losing someone. It was probably as bad as losing a family member in some ways.

“It was a totally different structure which affected me completely. Mancini told me to stay with the team all the time. We had longer training sessions, but with no intensity whatsoever,” he said. (Agencies)


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