Championship - Bellamy agrees loan deal with Cardiff

Reuters - Tue, 17 Aug 13:00:00 2010

Wales skipper Craig Bellamy left Manchester City for his hometown club Cardiff City after being left out of the 25-man Premier League squad, but said he had no hard feelings about coach Roberto Mancini.

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The much-travelled forward was diplomatic about Mancini and positive about the move on a season's loan, saying he wanted to lead his hometown side out of the Championship and into the Premier League as soon as possible.

"I've come home, I don't mind dipping a year and hopefully lead this club into the Premiership," he said.

In a statement on the club's website he added that a promotion to the top flight "would be fantastic for the football club, the city of Cardiff and Wales."

Bellamy, 31, was left out Manchester City's Premier League squad list for the new season by Mancini, who said last week he would not play for City again and was free to seek a new club.

The Wales international, however, refused to criticise his former boss as he was unveiled at a news conference by his new club.

"There's no ill feeling. I hope he does well, he's a top manager," said the former Norwich City, Liverpool, Newcastle United and West Ham United striker, who has scored 73 Premier League goals.

Mancini also softened his comments on Tuesday, saying a return by Bellamy could not be ruled out.

Bellamy's new manager, Dave Jones, added: "Bringing Craig to Cardiff is another big step in the development of this football club."

The Welsh side narrowly missed out on the English Premier League last season when they lost 3-2 to Blackpool in the Championship play-off final.

They last played in the top flight in 1962. Swansea were the last Welsh team to reach those heights until they went down in 1983.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp had earlier said it would be a waste for Bellamy to play in England's second tier.

"Good luck to Cardiff but it would be a waste of an outstanding player. He should stay in the Premier League for sure," he said.

"He's a Premier League player - a top Premier League player in my opinion."

Eurosport / Reuters

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