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Bellamy rejected Spurs for Reds

Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy has revealed he rejected the chance to join Tottenham on transfer deadline day in order to return to Liverpool for a second spell.

Bellamy, 32, has regularly been linked with a move to Tottenham since Harry Redknapp became the club's manager but finally sealed his exit from Manchester City by re-joining Liverpool. He also admitted that, Liverpool aside, Cardiff City would have been his ideal destination.

Speaking to LFC TV, Bellamy said: "There was interest from one or two other clubs, but I was trying to be straightforward with Cardiff.

"With no disrespect to your QPRs and your Stokes, who I do like a lot, I would go to Cardiff before them. But if there was a big club, or a chance of playing in the Champions League or for a club fighting for the Champions League, I had to look at that opportunity and take it really seriously.

"It all went on from there really. Come the last day, I'd resolved an issue with Man City which allowed me to go on a free. On the deadline day, I woke up, my phone went, my agent was on his way to see me - I was in a hotel with Wales - and he said, 'We have two offers - there's Liverpool and there's Tottenham. What do you want to do?'

"I like Tottenham, I like the team a lot. I feel the way they play and pass the ball would suit me a treat - but this was a chance to go to Liverpool.

"I don't believe you should return, go back to your old clubs, but this is Liverpool and I could never walk away from this opportunity."

Bellamy has also represented Norwich City, Coventry City, Newcastle United, Celtic, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham and Cardiff during his career.


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