City career over for duo

Roberto Mancini: Has confirmed Bellamy and Adebayor will not feature for his team this season

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has confirmed strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Craig Bellamy will not feature in his plans for the new season, even if they fail to secure a transfer away before the deadline.

Both players are free to leave the club this summer but, ahead of Sunday's Community Shield against Manchester United, no deal has been struck as yet.

Bellamy has been linked with a return to Cardiff or Celtic while Real Madrid have been linked with Adebayor, who spent the second half of the last campaign at the Bernabeu.

Following the arrival of Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid, competition for places up front for City has increased still further, with Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and wantaway striker Carlos Tevez also competing for a striking berth at the Etihad Stadium.

However, even if Tevez leaves, Mancini is insistent neither Bellamy nor Adebayor can force their way back into his plans, so they would be destined for the reserves unless they can secure a move ahead of the transfer deadline at the end of the month.

"These players [Adebayor and Bellamy] are not part of my plans," said the Italian in The People.


Meanwhile, Mancini has also revealed his frustration at dealing with the antics of controversial striker Balotelli.

The talented but volatile Italian has had an eventful pre-season. He was substituted before half-time in a friendly against LA Galaxy for attempting a cheeky back-heel when clean though on goal, he has openly complained about living Manchester and then had a training ground bust-up with team-mate Aleksandar Kolarov.

"I have to speak to Mario every single day and I think maybe now I need a psychologist," said Mancini.

"I don't know why he does the things he does, except to say that he is a young guy who will eventually grow up.

"But I have known him since he was 17 and he is even worse now than he was then. We all do crazy things. I did crazy things, you did crazy things.

"But players these days are different to what they were 20 years ago. When I was a young player I was stronger mentally than players these days. We had less money but more hunger.

"Mario is young and I understand he is home sick because it is not easy for a young guy to be away from his family.

"Sometimes I have been really disappointed with him and at other times I understand his behaviour.

"But I think he must now understand that he must improve his behaviour for the good of the team."