Wenger plays down bid for Bellamy
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted his liking for Craig
Bellamy, but played down any talk of a move for the Manchester City
Recent reports have suggested Arsenal could make a surprise
move for 30-year-old Bellamy as they look to bring in a new striker
to bolster their squad in the January transfer window.
Bellamy’s future at City has been the subject of intense
speculation in the wake of Mark Hughes’s departure with rumours
claiming Bellamy was unhappy with the manner of the sacking of
However, Bellamy has recently pledged his future to City and
Wenger admits he is unlikely to make any bid for the Welshman
despite being an admirer of his talents.
“I like the player,” Wenger said of Bellamy. “But I have not
done anything on that front.”
“I don’t think we can buy players from Man City.”
Wenger also revealed Nicklas Bendtner has suffered a setback
in his recovery to fitness. Bendtner has been out of action since
October after being forced to undergo a hernia operation. The Dane
was expected to return in December, but he is now struggling with a
groin problem and is set to be out for three more weeks.
“He had hernia surgery and should be back already,” added
Wenger. “But he had a groin problem as well and the groin problem
looks to last longer, so they say to me three weeks.”