Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy is set to snub the advances of Celtic once more this summer.
With Celtic manager Neil Lennon keen on bringing the Welshman back to Celtic Park for a second spell, following a loan stint in 2005 when at Newcastle, negotiations between City and Celtic took place over a potential loan deal over the weekend with the clubs.
City manager Roberto Mancini commented on Bellamy’s future during the Dublin Super Cup tournament in Dublin over the weekend. The Italian said: “It is possible there have been conversations about Craig Bellamy between us and Celtic. I met Craig two days ago at Carrington. He told me something I want to keep to myself. What I said two days ago was that if Celtic want Craig, he is a good player, and I think he can go.”
However the 32-year-old striker, who has one year remaining on his contract at the Etihad stadium, has made it clear that he will not be rejoining Celtic.
Bellamy looks certain to stick to his guns, about seeing out his contract at City rather than going out on loan. Unless a permanent deal can be signed for the striker.
With Celtic failing once more to bring in their so-called ‘blue-chip’ signing, Neil Lennon’s attentions are now fully focused on bringing in a goalkeeper to rival Dominic Cervi and Lukasz Zaluska for the Celtic number one jersey this season.