Premier League - Paper round: Bellamy bust-up

Eurosport - Fri, 19 Feb 09:41:00 2010

Craig Bellamy could be on the verge of an astonishing exit from Manchester City after an alleged bust-up with boss Roberto Mancini.

Manchester City's Craig Bellamy celebrates scoring - 0

The Sun reports that the tempestuous attacker refused to train with one of the manager's Italian staff on Thursday, with the row ending when Mancini screamed: I want you to leave now - and don't come back for three months.

The 14 million striker, a fans favourite at the City of Manchester Stadium, stormed out of training on Wednesday after refusing an extra one-to-one session the next day, insisting only he and the club's sports science staff knew how to handle his injured right knee.

Bellamy is said to have been contacted by City chief executive Garry Cook and football administrator Brian Marwood who advised him to return and apologise to Mancini, but the former Liverpool man stood firm.

And Mancini's troubles continue as the Daily Mirror reports that the former Internazionale boss is facing a player revolt over his training methods.

Several players are thought to be unhappy at Mancini's habit of changing his schedule at the last minute, with one first-team player also criticising the sessions for lacking the intensity brought by former boss Mark Hughes.

Manchester United and Arsenal look set for a summer tussle to sign Ajax hitman Luis Suarez after the Uruguay international signaled his intention to leave the Amsterdam club (Daily Star).

The Premier League's Big Four and Manchester City are all eyeing the highly-rated striker, but Suarez will only consider a move to Old Trafford or the Emirates.

But, with Ajax thought to want 30m for the 23-year-old, Arsenal's lack of financial clout in the transfer market could pave the way for Sir Alex Ferguson to swoop.

The Mirror reports that Portsmouth have been cleared to sell their players - but the ground-breaking move will cost the club a nine-point penalty.

Pompey will be able to trade outside the transfer window due to the little-known club in crisis' rule, with other clubs already being contacted to generate interest.

And West Ham chief David Gold has extended a charitable hand to the crisis-club, admitting he would lend them 10m to save them from going bust (The Sun).

"If Portsmouth asked me for 10m, I would lend it to them so long as the Premier League endorsed it and I was repaid on the agreed date," said Gold.

Nigeria are preparing to snatch Wigan starlet Victor Moses from under the nose of England, according to the Daily Mail.

The Nigeria-born England U19 international moved from cash-strapped Crystal Palace to the DW Stadium in January for 2.5m.

Moses is touted as a future England star but Nigeria are trying to persuade the teenager - who fled to England as an 11-year-old after his parents were murdered - to commit to them.


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