Premier League: Craig Bellamy considering future, says Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Craig Bellamy is still contemplating the possibility of retirement this summer.
Last Updated: 12/05/14 6:35am
The former Wales striker will turn 35 this summer and was believed to be planning to hang up his boots at the end of the season.
But Solskjaer, speaking after Cardiff bowed out of the Premier League with a 2-1 home defeat by Chelsea, says Bellamy will take time to consider his future at his hometown club.
"I'm due to sit down with Craig," Solskjaer told Sky Sports. "He scored a nice goal today.
"He's a good footballer.He's had a great career so he'll just have to think about what he wants to do."
Solskjaer, who took charge of Cardiff in January after leaving Molde in his homeland, insisted he would still be at the club next season.
"Definitely," stated the Norwegian. "I love working at this place. There's a new challenge every day. Now we've got a job on our hands to get ready for next season."
Solskjaer also has the support of controversial owner Vincent Tan.
"We did have a good chat last night," he added.
"I know where I want to go and what we have to do as a club. It's important for me that he trusts me to keep managing the club and taking it forward."
Despite ending the campaign bottom of the table, Solskjaer insists there is quality in his squad which was evident on the final day.
Cardiff held a half-time advantage over Chelsea after Bellamy's 15th-minute strike from long range was deflected in, but two goals in the space of three second-half minutes from Andre Schurrle and Fernando Torres gave the visitors the points.
"We gave it a go and I think the lads enjoyed themselves out there," Solskjaer continued. "Of course, it's always going to be hard work against a good team like Chelsea, but we played our part in the game.
"I think the goal was great - it was a deflected one, but the build-up to it, the way we won it, broke forward, switched the play - that was very pleasing.
"Everyone can see signs. Of course, the difference in quality started to show in the end."
Reflecting on the season as a whole, he continued: "There have been very small margins. In games that we should have taken the lead, we've gone behind. We've let ourselves down when we've chased games. We haven't had the quality in that respect, but we'll get there.
"There might be changes - hopefully for the better - but the spirit is here, the foundation is here to build on. When we get a pre-season together, we'll be ready for next season."
Solskjaer knows the characters he wants at the club as he seeks to plot an immediate return back to the big time.
"It's got to be lads who love playing football, love that side of it, not the other side of football - the cars and all that flash bits," he said.
"The players here have got the experience of the Championship and that experience is something we've got to draw on."
Solskjaer also had a message for Cardiff supporters.
"I'm unbelievably proud of the way they have been throughout the season," he said. "They've supported the players and the team and that's important.
"When we come back next year, we've had time together - there's loads of quality in there and we've got the Championship experience.
"We're going into something that we know. This season was an unknown but it's given us a taste of what's to come if you prepare right."