Bellamy relishing competition

05 May 2010 08:38

Craig Bellamy insists he does not fear being forced out of Eastlands should Manchester City, as expected, spend big again this summer.

City face Tottenham on Wednesday night in a clash which is set to determine who finishes fourth in the Barclays Premier League this season. Whether the cash-rich club make it into the Champions League or not they are sure to bring in more new faces, and Bellamy is relishing the chance to pit himself against the cream of the crop.

"Look, Robinho arrived here as Britain's record transfer fee. No disrespect to him because he was a great lad but he's back in Brazil and I'm still here," he told the Daily Mirror.

"I knew when I signed for City that I would have to graft and take myself to a level that I had not reached for a while.

"But that appeals to me and the thought of more players arriving this summer and fighting for my place with a new calibre of teammate appeals to me even more.

"It's going to be incredible. Who would not want to be part of City at the moment?

"I have put myself through ridiculous torture in my rehab from injuries for these kinds of moments.

"To walk away from it now would be the opposite of what I have done in my career. From being a kid, I have always had to fight for my career and fight to establish myself and keep my place. I'm used to it. It's a great incentive."

City are a point behind Spurs heading into the final two games of the campaign, but Bellamy believes that whatever happens the club will be back with a bang next season.

"If we finish fourth it allows us to drive forward a little bit quicker. But it's not do or die for us," he said. "It's not like, if we don't get fourth this season, we'll have blown our best chance at it and the opportunity might never come round again.

Source: PA