All sweetness and light between Mancini and Bellamy

New Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insists Craig Bellamy is his "friend" despite dropping the Welsh striker out of his first starting line-up on Saturday.

New Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insists Craig Bellamy is his "friend" despite dropping the Welsh striker out of his first starting line-up on Saturday.

Bellamy was introduced as a second-half substitute at Eastlands as City recorded a 2-0 win over Stoke in their first game since Mancini controversially replaced the sacked Mark Hughes.

"Bellamy is my friend," said Mancini.

"There is no problem. I spoke with him two days ago. He understood when I told him he wasn't starting.

"We have two games in three days and I need all the players at 100%. Today we played Robinho. It is possible we will play Craig at Wolves on Monday."

 
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