Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy has not ruled out walking away from football if he is left out of the club’s 25-man squad for the new Premier League season.
City coach Roberto Mancini has made a number of new signings over the summer, to cast doubt over the future of players such as Bellamy.
The Welsh international, who says he has rejected an offer from German club Wolfsburg, admitted that retirement is an option he is considering if he is omitted from Mancini’s squad.
“I feel strongly that I can offer something at the club,” Bellamy said. “But if I don’t get in the 25-man squad, I don’t know what I will do. I might finish, full stop, or look at every option I get. This game is as ruthless as any.
“I sort of feel I am not going to be part of it (at Manchester City). I can see it from a distance. I find that very difficult to take because I really enjoy playing for Manchester City. I think I have shown that with my commitment this year.
“I’ve had a few options. I’ve turned down Wolfsburg. I don’t fancy Germany – it’s not somewhere I see myself playing football. I have to see what options I have. I am here to play football.
“With this 25-man ruling, it doesn’t matter how well I train or how good my attitude is, I might not be registered to play. So do I go without playing football until January, or do I find myself a club where I can play football?
“I am committed to stay where I am. I feel I deserve to be part of it, but I don’t pick the 25 or the team. I have to wait on their decision.”