Bellamy Gets Boot At Man City


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Manchester City’s signing of Italy international striker MARIO BALOTELLI spells the end of the line at the Eastlands for veteran Wales international attacker CRAIG BELLAMY.

The addition of Balotelli brings the number of forwards over the age of 21 currently on the books for the Blues to seven. The proposed incoming transfer of Aston Villa striker JAMES MILNER would push that total to eight. With the 25-man squad lists due the Premier League at the start of September, Man City manager ROBERTO MANCINI has already begun making final roster decisions.

While the future of Brazil World Cup striker ROBINHO at the City of Manchester Stadium remains uncertain, Mancini has already made up his mind with respect to the fate of the 31-year-old Wales international striker. Bellamy, who was purchased from West Ham United in January of 2009 for a reported 14.0 million English pounds, counted 10 goals and eight assists in 32 league contests (26 starts) for Manchester City last season.

“I have to choose 25,” said Mancini referring to the Premier League’s new squad regulations. “The rest must find another team. Craig is out of the list.”

Fulham Athletic, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur as well as Scottish side Glasgow Celtic, for whom the Wales international striker scored nine goals in 15 league and Cup matches to finish the 2004-05 season, are all said to be keen to the idea of bringing Bellamy on board.

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2009-10 : English Premier League
MANCHESTER CITY forward production
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35 app – 32 st – 23 goals – 7 assists —— Carlos TEVEZ
32 app – 26 st – 10 goals – 8 assists —— Craig BELLAMY
26 app – 25 st – 14 goals – 3 assists —— Emmanuel ADEBAYOR
16 app —- 8 st —- 4 goals – 3 assists —— Martin PETROV
19 app —- 6 st —- 3 goals – 0 assists —— Roque SANTA CRUZ
10 app —- 6 st —- 0 goals – 3 assists —— ROBINHO
2 app —— 1 st —- 0 goals – 1 assists —— Benjani MWARWARI
1 app —— 0 st —- 0 goals – 0 assists —— Alex NIMELY

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