Craig Bellamy hints he'll quit Wales if Man City reach Champions League

30 October 2009 09:38
Wales captain Craig Bellamy admits he would have to consider his international future should Manchester City qualify for the Champions League.  

Bellamy insisted earlier this month that he would not follow the recent trend of Wales retirements, saying before the World Cup qualifier against Finland: 'I will still be around (for Euro 2012 qualifying). I don't see anything interrupting that.'

But he has now cast doubt over his continued presence in the national team after establishing himself as a key man in his former Wales boss Mark Hughes' Eastlands resurgence.  

Prioritising: Craig Bellamy scores for Manchester City (above) but may find silencing the critics hard work if he gives up his role as Wales skipper (below)

Big-spending City have their sights trained firmly on a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League, and the top-level European place that brings. 

And Bellamy - who has scored 17 goals in 58 caps for his country - concedes that, in those circumstances, something would have to give.  

'If we get to the Champions League - which is what we are aiming for - and I'm still a big part of that, I'll have to be realistic,' he said.  

'Can I compete in the Champions League, Premier League, internationals? Every day is a battle for my place in the City side. Am I able to play 50 or 60 matches a season? Probably not.  

'If my knee is sore and Wales have a friendly in Australia, it's not going to work out. I'd have to look at it.'

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