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Craig Bellamy eyes Cardiff City future

Craig Bellamy in action for Wales
Wales striker Craig Bellamy is uncertain over his future at Eastlands

Wales' Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy has told the BBC he could be playing for Cardiff City next season.

Cardiff-born Bellamy, who turns 31 in July, says if Manchester City let him go he would not move to another team in England or to a European league.

He told BBC World Service: "Playing anywhere else in Europe would be too much of a strain on my family because they do live in Cardiff.

"So it really limits me to maybe one place so that would probably be it."

Reports have recently linked Bellamy to Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, German club Wolfsburg and the Bluebirds.

The sometimes-Wales captain was asked about those stories during visit to Sierra Leone where his charity, the Craig Bellamy Foundation, operates.

He said: "There's more than one or two people run that club [Man City] so if I get the vote of confidence off five or six people then I'll stay.

"But if it's a couple in other people's favour then it might be a little bit different because I do want to be wanted, like every player does.

"I've never once and I would never once sit back and pick up my money.

"I just couldn't do that to myself - it would be lying about who I am as a person so I'll probably look for that next challenge.

"But I'll be very shocked if it's another English club, I'd be very, very shocked.

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"And playing anywhere else in Europe would be too much of a strain on my family because they do live in Cardiff so it really only limits me to maybe on place so that would probably be it."

Bellamy, who has made 58 Wales appearances, scored 10 Premier League goals last season, as City finished fifth - just missing out on a Champions League place.

Meanwhile the Bluebirds missed out on a place in the Premier League when they lost 3-2 to Blackpool in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

He has also played for Norwich, Coventry, Newcastle, Celtic, Blackburn, Liverpool and West Ham, having begun his career at as a Bristol Rovers youth player.

You can hear the full interview with Craig Bellamy in this week's World Football on the BBC World Service.



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