Zola wants Bellamy conclusion
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola wants a quick conclusion to the Craig Bellamy transfer saga.
Last Updated: 18/01/09 4:52pm
West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola feels it would be positive for Craig Bellamy and the club if the transfer saga surrounding the striker ends as quickly as possible.
Zola omitted Bellamy from his 18-man squad for Sunday's 3-1 victory over Fulham at Upton Park, increasing speculation that the Welshman is set to leave the East London outfit.
Reports on Saturday suggested Bellamy had stormed away from a training session after being told he could not join Tottenham and the forward's future remains uncertain.
And Zola - who has previously admitted he does not know where Bellamy's future lies - is eager to draw a line under the speculation sooner rather than later.
"I think it would be a good thing for him and everybody," Zola told Sky Sports when asked if a quick solution would be beneficial.
West Ham supporters sang, 'are you watching Craig Bellamy?' but Zola insists there will be no hard feelings if the former Newcastle, Blackburn and Liverpool forward leaves.
"My feeling is that, for me, Craig has done very well so I am pleased with what he has done for me as a player. That is the only thing I can say," added Zola.
"He knows what we can offer him. It is down to him.
"I said to him I will respect him for the way he played for me and whatever he decides to do."
Meanwhile, Zola was pleased with the manner of his side's victory as a David Di Michele goal, a Mark Noble penalty and a Carlton Cole strike were enough to see off a Paul Konchesky blockbuster.
"The key was the players," said Zola. "They were fantastic.
"I told them at the end of the game that I was really pleased with them. It was a difficult game for different reasons.
"Carlton Cole was the difference between the two teams. He was fantastic, but he was supported by other fantastic players."