Bellamy to join Cardiff

Craig Bellamy will join Cardiff City on a year-loan deal, after the Welsh captain was told by Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini that he was not in Mancini’s plans for the 2010/11 season.

Craig Bellamy

A news conference is set to be held later in the day to confirm the Championship club’s capture of the Manchester City striker. Bellamy spent Monday in talks with an unnamed club and had been given permission to train with Cardiff. Manchester City must name a 25-man Premier League squad by 1 September and Bellamy, 31, had already been told he was being left out. Celtic and Tottenham had been leading the chase, whilst the likes of Fulham, Everton and Bolton had also been linked in signing the striker.

However, Bellamy has now opted for a loan spell back in his native Wales and is to join Cardiff City. Bellamy stated last week that he would be more than happy to move back to Wales and to Cardiff with his family, while Cardiff City they “would love” to sign the Wales captain.

Craig Bellamy

The Eastlands outfit would prefer him to move to the Championship rather than a Premier League rival, especially Tottenham with whom they are battling for the 4th place. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp showed his displeasure of this move and said, “Good luck to Cardiff but it would be a waste of an outstanding player. He should stay in the Premier League for sure.”

Bellamy’s departure maybe the first of many from the Manchester City squad.

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