Zola hoping for Bellamy rethink

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Gianfranco Zola hopes striker Craig Bellamy will change his mind and commit to West Ham, but accepts keeping players who want to leave is a pointless exercise.

The Hammers have turned down several bids from both Manchester City and Tottenham for the 29-year-old Wales international and have offered him a new deal with the club.

But while the east London club do not want to sell, it seems the former Liverpool man has his mind set to leave - with White Hart Lane his most likely destination. The Hammers boss said: "What can I do about it? As far as I am concerned, I want to keep him - and the club want to keep him."

He added: "But if a player wants to go it is difficult."

Zola is trying to remain pragmatic about the whole situation as he prepares for Sunday's Barclays Premier League visit of Fulham, with Bellamy one of several players who opted not to attend Friday's voluntary training session at Chadwell Heath.

Zola added: "At the moment, he is a West Ham player and he will stay a West Ham player.

"However, I do not know if he will play on Sunday. We will see what happens."

Zola is refusing to let the situation deflect his attention from an important fixture. He said: "It is a club matter. What I have to focus on is the game.

"We have spent the whole week talking about this and that, but we need to focus on the match.

"It is difficult to keep players who are unhappy at the club, but we will see what happens."

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