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City forward hints at Old Trafford interest
Craig Bellamy has revealed interest from Manchester City’s bitter rivals United forced his move home. The Wales skipper was not wanted by Roberto Mancini at Eastlands and is now on loan at Cardiff. Tottenham were not the only Premier League club keen to sign him in the summer, when City refused to let him join one of their rivals. Bellamy, 31, said: “Someone else came in from above Tottenham which would have caused a few stirs. If I’d said I wanted to go there for one minute, my life in Manchester would have been really tough. It would’ve been a miracle had it come off. I tried to work out whether to hold out for that one or go home. But because of the other club’s interest, City panicked and pushed the Cardiff thing through.”
Dean Scoggins, The Sun
Elsewhere, Trevor Brooking insists the Barclays Premier League’s leading clubs, including United, must blood top English talent in their first-team squads if England are to improve upon last summer's dismal campaign in South Africa. The FA’s director of football development is positive however and believes a successful 2018 World Cup bid could hold the key to success. Brooking is quoted in the Daily Mail: “I would be very excited with this group [of young English players] if we won the 2018 bid. But it would put a lot more emphasis on how on earth we get these lads playing first-team football. If we win the bid in December then you would have to really give it some thought; on how to channel this group through because they can be a really good group.”