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Man City's Bellamy launches attack on fellow professionals

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London, Apr 11(ANI): Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy has launched a blunt attack on fellow professionals by claiming that he is "ashamed" to be a footballer.

"I don't feel close to footballers. Sometimes when I see certain things I'm ashamed to be a footballer. I don't go to nightclubs, I don't go to lounge bars, I don't spend my days shopping. That doesn't interest me," News of The World quoted Bellamy, as saying.

"I spend a lot of time with my children at home. That's where I feel good," he added.

The 30-year-old also admitted that he gets angry when fellow professionals show a lack of commitment on the field.

"I don't know how to be on the pitch as a tourist. Some lads do that, but I can't. When I play, I play for real. I never pretend. I know I get carried away by emotion. I have always been like that," Bellamy said.

"I don't give a toss whether that pleases people or not. I do my thing. What counts for me is the respect of my family, people who know me, my manager and my team-mates," he added.

Bellamy further said he fears for his future at City, as the club line up another summer of big-spending and high-profile recruits.

"New players are coming in a few months and I might be overtaken. I don't see myself playing for City in two or three years, lifting trophies. It's going to stop quickly. My body won't hold up for a long time. I'll soon be 31 and that will quickly become a problem," Bellamy said.

"I won't be able to play at my best any more and I will stop playing. I have had seven knee operations in the last nine years.

I can't string three games a week together. My body does not allow me to play all the time," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Sunday, April 11, 2010, 12:09 [IST]
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