Bellion admits English frustration
By Laurent Picard. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Nice striker David Bellion admits to being frustrated by his experience in England.
The 23-year-old joined the Ligue 1 club after spells with Sunderland and Manchester United.
Bellion is happy to put his career back on track in the South of France, but still longs to prove himself in The Premiership.
"I have penned a four-year deal, so I am here for the moment," David Bellion told skysports.com. "Ligue 1 is a very technical league. It was a good thing for me to come back close to the place were I grew up.
"But I can see what is around. A staff can also not be satisfied by a player's performances and try to find an arrangement.
"My career in England has marked me. England is the country of football. Playing there was a child's dream.
"I used to watch The Premiership on French TV. This league is so sexy, offensive, players score hat-tricks, there are spaces - it is a show.
"With Manchester United, I couldn't play five to six matches in a row, so it was difficult to prove I deserved to be in the team.
"Of course there are great players there. Ryan Giggs has always been my model, he his great, super. He has inspired me, I have learned a lot thanks to him."
Despite his envy to play in England again, Bellion was satisfied with his decision to continue his career with Nice.
"I asked to join West Ham on loan (when I was at Manchester United)," he added. "But human relations aren't easy with Alan Pardew - I don't want to talk about it.
"So I quickly decided to join Nice in order to come back home and to play more.
"We all have dreams, players can come from nowhere like Franck Ribery or Julien Faubert, who I played with at Cannes, and become stars.
"I want to score, to pass, to reach the high level.
"To play again in The Premiership for a big club, in order to show my former bosses they were wrong not to trust me, why not?
"Of course, when you experience my career, you feel a certain frustration. But I know what I can do if I am being trusted by my team. That is the case with Nice.
"I am ambitious, and Nice can produce good things. We can finish in the top eight of the table.
"Nice are progressing, the squad is improving a lot.
"We are on the right way. Our draw at Monaco (on Saturday) has shown our progression and we could have won.
"Earning points away is the next step."