Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is willing to sell Craig Bellamy.

The Guardian says City have decided Bellamy can be sold after completing the £25m transfer of David Silva to fill his position on the left side of attack.

Bellamy was one of City's more impressive players last season but has not convinced Roberto Mancini that he merits a place in a team that aspires to be regarded as authentic title challengers, and his inability to get on with the former Internazionale manager has counted against him.

The two men clashed on several occasions after Mancini's appointment last December, and the club held an internal investigation after Bellamy was overheard allegedly saying something detrimental about the Italian after the 2-0 home defeat against Everton in March. Nothing was proven but their relationship has been fractious, at best, and potential buyers will not be discouraged from bidding now that Silva is officially a City player.

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