Oh No - Not Bellamy v Toon Again!

Last updated : 27 January 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor
The former Toon striker admits he has made plenty of mistakes in his career - but has denied allegations he went on strike to engineer a move away from West Ham.

Bellamy is set to make his Blues debut against Newcastle on Wednesday night after completing a £10million switch from Upton Park early last week.

Bellamy: "I can't for the life of me understand where it comes from.

"Maybe in the past I have gone down routes I shouldn't have and maybe I deserve what happened. But while I don't want to disappoint too many people, this completely did not happen.

"I had a great relationship with Zola and I left West Ham on probably the best terms I have ever done.

"We get on really well and I spoke to him after they beat Hartlepool on Saturday.

"I have so much respect for him as a person because he wanted to improve me and keep pushing me. I know West Ham put out a statement saying I didn't go on strike but it just falls on deaf ears."