Date:Tuesday June 21 2011
Cardiff City as a whole have not given up on bringing Craig Bellamy back to the club as a player next season after last year's on-loan captain continues to show his loyalty to Cardiff and try to secure a release from parent club Manchester City.
The loan deal last year was heavily subsidised by Manchester City, and came about after Bellamy was left out of Mancini's 25 man squad. Whilst clubs like Tottenham Hotspur and Everton were interested, City had little desire to sell him to their rivals after such a successful 2009/10 season. After Bellamy revelaed his avid desire to help his hometown club into the Premiership, he and Man City pulled out all the stops to secure a deal in all parties best interests.
Cardiff City got an inspirational leader and classy player for a season, Manchester City saved a sizable amount on his wages ratehr than play him in the reserves/sell him to a rival and the Citizens would also have received a substantial bonus had we been promoted. Bellamy was given the chance to play regular football, and captain his hometown club. The deal owed much to malaysian backer Vincent Tan, who forwarded the funds to pay our percentage of his wages.
Understandably, Manchester City will not entertain another such arrangement. They have slapped a £4m pricetag on Bellamy, hoping to recoup some of his outlay as well as remove his significant salary from the wagebill. There are suitors for his signature, but Bellamy's family are in South Wales and he wants to finish the job he started last season.
Bellamy has been in contact with Cardiff City over the past few weeks, speaking with directors, and Gethin Jenkins. he has also been regularly speaking with Manchester City CEO Garry Cook and trying to negotiate a release. Cardiff City need to sign a host of new players after the recent exodus, and £4m on one player would seem excessive and improbable.
The dilemma facing Manchester City is that Craig Bellamy is under contract, but only wants to play for them or Cardiff City. It's not good for football to see individuals holding power over their employers but he is perfectly within his rights to reject any deal offered while he remains under contract. A season in the reserves is no good for Bellamy, Cardiff City or Manchester City - who will pay ~£85k per week for a year. With tax and NI contributions, a figure close to £5m.
It was clear from Malky Mackay's press conference that he and the board have spoken about the Bellamy situation and Jenkins revelaed further talks are planned. Bellamy's pasion, determination and skill would be a major asset for next year, Malky mackay appeared more than happy if a deal can be done. Hopefully, he can negotiate some kind of deal with Manchester City, making him affordable to the Bluebirds.
The Manchester City training regimen is not suited to Bellamy's longstanding knee condition, so it would be hugely preferable if we can agree a deal sooner rather than later -allowing him to follow his individualised programme and start the season fully fit. That said, the majority of fans would settle for any kind of deal to bring him back to the club for another, hopefully, promotion-chasing season.
Date:Tuesday June 21 2011
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