Mixed fortunes for Robins
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bell (pictured) ended any doubts over his Ashton Gate future by signing a new one-year contract with the West Country outfit.
"It has been a long road to signing the new contract," Bell told the club's official website.
"It was then just a case of agreeing terms and I think a year is right for me at this stage of my career."
Bell's commitment to stay on with The Robins has been tempered by Carey's decision to reject the club's second and improved offer of a new contract - thus allowing the defender to speak with other teams.
Carey's decision has disappointed chairman Steve Lansdown, who states the club made the best offer they could to Carey.
"I am disappointed Louis has rejected our improved final contract offer," said Lansdown.
"I feel the terms we have offered Louis is fair for a League One player.
"In reality, it is an improved offer on his previous deal, if he plays all the games.
"Having said that, I respect Louis's decision and wish him all the best for the future."
The news comes after The Robins were left fuming over striker Steven MacLean's decision to sign for League One rivals Sheffield Wednesday from Scottish giants Rangers.
City had agreed a fee with The Gers for the youngster, who spent much of last season on loan at League Two side Scunthorpe United, but MacLean has opted to pursue his career with The Owls next season.