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Bellamy relishing Man City future

Craig Bellamy
Bellamy told West Ham he wanted to leave Upton Park on Friday

Craig Bellamy insists Manchester City's ambitions were a major factor in his decision to move to Eastlands.

Wales captain Bellamy, 29, completed his move from West Ham for a fee thought to be in the region of 14m.

"There are so many things happening here that are out of this world, for me to be part of it was an offer that I could not walk away from," he said.

Bellamy said the presence of boss Mark Hughes, who he worked under at Blackburn, also influenced his move.

Hughes has recruited Wayne Bridge and Bellamy in the January transfer window, and are close to signing Hamburg midfielder Nigel de Jong.

Their lucrative pursuit of AC Milan playmaker Kaka has dominated the news over the past week, although the Brazilian opted to stay with the Italians on Monday.

But Bellamy believes the revolution at the club will continue and expects more Premier League stars to move to Eastlands soon.


The striker told the City website: "I think it is going to be incredible here over the next couple of years.

"It's not just for me, you speak to anyone in the Premier League and they would want to come to Manchester City.

"It's rare for that to happen outside of the top four, but I think there are a lot of players who would like to come to this club.

"I've been given that opportunity, there are other players who would love it, and so it is up to me to make the most of it."

Bellamy joined the eighth club of his career on a four-year contract on Monday after West Ham agreed an undisclosed deal with City.

He was left out of the Hammers' squad for Sunday's 3-1 win over Fulham, having told club officials on Friday that he wanted to leave.

Hughes said he was "delighted" to be reunited with Bellamy, who he described as an "outstanding player".

Bellamy said Hughes and his coaching team was an influence in his move to Manchester.

"It was a big factor, because they are people that I have worked with since I was 18," he said.

"They know me better than anybody else in the football game, and they are people I completely trust in. They have progressed me massively, and I owe them a lot."

Bellamy, who was also linked with a move to Tottenham, is expected to make his Man City debut at home to Newcastle on 28 January.

He joined West Ham for 7.5m last season and has previously had spells at Norwich, Coventry, Newcastle, Celtic, Blackburn and Liverpool.

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