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Craig Bellamy issues quit threat as axe looms at Manchester City

Craig Bellamy said yesterday that he has no idea whether he has a future with Manchester City.

And the captain of Wales admitted that he could even walk away from football altogether if he is rejected by the Eastlands club.

Bellamy, who is by no means certain to be named in manager Roberto Mancini's squad, will line up for the Principality in tonight's friendly against Luxembourg in Llanelli.

He revealed that he had rejected an offer from the German club Wolfsburg, who are now managed by the former England coach Steve McLaren, with City giving him permission to speak to the club, whose Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko Mancini has tracked all summer.

Bellamy, however, is prepared to fight tooth and nail to be part of Mancini's squad, even though the signs do not look good.

"I feel strongly that I can offer something at the club," said the 31-year-old (pictured).

"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."

City have spent over £80 million this summer and are ready to splash more cash on James Milner and Mario Balotelli.

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