Bellamy to call time on playing career

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Cardiff City striker Craig Bellamy is considering retiring at the end of the current season, reports FourFourTwo.

The 34-year-old was instrumental in securing promotion for his side last season, and continues to be a big part of boss Malky Mackay's plans this year. 

Although the Welshman doesn't seem to be showing any signs of his age, he admits that the time could be right to call time on his playing career.

"Well my mood does change, I know I could change what I’m thinking," he explained.

"But the way I'm feeling now, it could be my last season in football. I have so much to look forward to after football."

"I've been playing at a professional level for 17, 18 years now and there’s more to life." 

"Don't get me wrong, I've cherished every moment of it."

"But life isn’t just about football. The adventure starts when you finish and I'm looking forward to that."

The Welshman, capped 75 times for his country, revealed his desire to stay within the game once his playing career comes to an end.

Bellamy, who has plied his trade at a number of top clubs including Manchester City and Liverpool, has a record occasionally blemished by bad behaviour, but has matured greatly in recent years.

The striker bemoaned Wales loss to Macedonia on Friday night, and could retire from international football once this qualification campaign is over. 

"I've got my A licence already, then I'm doing my pro-licence. After that, I'm going to travel around the world -- Spain, Argentina -- and learn my craft. I don't just want to go in and mess about. When I go in, I'm going to be prepared and I'm going to stay in."

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