Craig Bellamy admits it is 'very unlikely' he will return to Cardiff City next season, but acknowledged it would be 'uncomfortable' to go back to Manchester City if Roberto Mancini is still manager.
Wales international Bellamy is spending the season on loan at Cardiff after falling out of favour with Mancini at City and has scored eight goals in 27 appearances.
A permanent deal at Cardiff is likely to be out of reach, even if the club secure promotion to the Premier League, and Bellamy is braced for a return to City.
He has a further year left on his contract at Eastlands, but accepts it could be a difficult season if Mancini remains City boss.
"Even if Cardiff are promoted, I feel it's very unlikely I'd stay," Bellamy told the Daily Mirror.
"It is not an option to have another year on loan here - I don't want to be on loan anywhere next season.
"The deal Man City did with Cardiff was for them to pay a lot of my wages but if we got promoted, they would have to buy me. It sounded romantic in August but if we look at it money-wise, it's probably not going to happen.
"It is difficult because I do have another year at Man City. I could be there the whole year and not be involved. It would not be ideal for anyone if that happens. It certainly wouldn't be ideal for them.
"I will have to be at Man City because I have a year left, but it will be an uncomfortable situation for everyone really, if Mancini is still in charge.
"There's nothing I can do. He is the manager. He chooses the squad - and rightly so."
Bellamy added: "You never know whether it could still work out for me there. It all depends who you are working with. That's the key.
"If it was [Jose] Mourinho, you don't see many players who can't work with him or he can't revive. Or Harry Redknapp. Certain managers have that gift."