Bellamy - I'm in control now

Welsh striker insists he has turned over a new leaf

Craig Bellamy: The Liverpool striker is aiming for his first medal in football against Cardiff at Wembley

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Craig Bellamy insists his transformation from a volatile character into a more controlled footballer is now complete.

The Welshman has endured problems at his former clubs, including a bust-up with his team-mates the last time he played for current club Liverpool.

And Bellamy is expecting to run the gauntlet of abuse from the Cardiff fans on Sunday when Liverpool face his hometown club, where he spent last season on loan, in the Carling Cup final.

But the 32-year-old says he is a reformed character and will not rise to the bait - so much so he will even tolerate being left on the bench for the game by manager Kenny Dalglish.

"When you are young you are always pushing for a point to prove and you listen to the media more - 'Bellamy dropped' - and it hits you," he said.

"I have realised that isn't usually the case and I believe in myself.

"Honestly, I feel so comfortable in myself at the moment that even if I wasn't on the bench it wouldn't mean too much to me because it would be someone else's opportunity.

"Football is a complete hobby and I enjoy myself every day. I used to think I was obsessed but I am truly committed to my sport.

"I am committed to the club and the profession I am in and by doing that I give myself the best opportunity to be able to play well on a Saturday.

"When I go out I don't think about scoring or anything else apart from trying my hardest.

"If anything comes off then great. If it doesn't I can walk off truly knowing I have given my all and if someone was better, then great.

"Going with that approach every day in training and in life has just clicked, it has made a difference.

"I have been able to control so many different things in my performance and the football looks after itself - it is a nice feeling every day."

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