Elano hits back at ‘problematic’ Bellamy over Robinho clash

Ian Watson

Former Manchester City star Elano has offered his version of events surrounding a confrontation between Craig Bellamy and Robinho.

The trio played together at the Etihad after Bellamy’s move in 2009 and the ex-Wales star wrote in his autobiography that ‘the Brazilian clique… didn’t give a sh*t’.

Elano has countered Bellamy’s argument in an interview with Yellow and Green Football.

“Bellamy’s problem wasn’t with me, it was with Robinho,” he said.

“It was in a game between City and Middlesbrough.

“The game finished, we lost 1-0. Bellamy came into the dressing room, cursing Robinho in English.

“He was saying Robinho didn’t do what he did for the national team when he was with City, that he didn’t have the desire to play for City. He came in shouting.

“Then Glauber, Jo, Caicedo the Ecuadorian, and Geovanni came in. I understood, but stayed quiet, it wasn’t aimed at me.

“But Robinho went on with Glauber. All the other players were on our side, because it was a bad moment for everyone. But Bellamy directed at Robinho.

“On the day we told Robinho to leave it. But when we went to training the next day, Robinho went to sort things out with Bellamy in the dressing room.

“He said he shouldn’t speak to him like that, that it wasn’t cool in the middle of all the players. Bellamy went for him, looking for a fight.

“Glauber stepped in to stop it and I stepped in, to stop them fighting. Bellamy kept on saying a load of stuff, and then the English guys came as well, they were with us.

“Dunne, the captain, and Micah Richards came in. They were like ‘Mate, stop making trouble and talking s**t.

“Robinho only went over to explain that sort of attitude wasn’t good for the group. That was it. Then he writes a book and wants to sell the book so he starts to make up a load of s**t for it.

“For me, he’s problematic, he had trouble with all he teams he was at. At Liverpool he even went to beat someone with a golf club. He created problems there. He was the manager’s player, Mark Hughes took him there.

“He created tension over something silly. That was it, nobody hit anybody.

“But City was marvellous for me, I regret having left.”