Manchester City's Craig Bellamy has ruled out a loan move away from the Etihad Stadium before his contract runs out, leaving Celtic out in the cold, according to Sky Sports.
The Welshman has been linked with the club, and over the weekend his manager Roberto Mancini had hinted that a deal could be made with the Glasgow club.
But Bellamy, whose contract runs out in 2012, apparently wants to play at Manchester City, where the 32-year-old striker will face competition for position from Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko, and Mario Balotelli.
Bellamy played for Celtic in 2005 as part of a loan deal arranged by his then club Newcastle. But after a loan to Cardiff City last season, the forward has apparently ruled out any more temporary visits away from Mancini's selection with the Citizens.
Roberto Mancini gave a very guarded statement on the matter last week, and admitted the clubs had already come together to discuss a possible deal.
He said: “I met Craig two days ago at Carrington. He told me something I want to keep to myself. What I said two days ago was that if Celtic want Craig, he is a good player, and I think he can go.”