Manchester City Chief Executive Garry Cook paid tribute to Craig Bellamy after the striker completed his one year loan to Cardiff City.
Bellamy has been the subject of a number of queries from Premier League clubs, but made the choice to join his hometown club and try to help them to promotion to the Premier League.
And Garry Cook said that City fans will have fond memories of Bellamy’s committed showing for the team during his time at City of Manchester Stadium.
He said: “I am sure City fans have enjoyed seeing Craig play for City. He has been a great performer for us since joining in January 2009, and I would like to go on record as thanking him for his effort and determination to our cause.
“It is clear that it was right for Craig to make a move, and Manchester City has the utmost respect for the choice he has made.
“There was a lot of interest in Craig from a number of Premier League clubs, but he indicated that he didn’t want to settle for just another club, but wanted to go to help his hometown team and try to help them win promotion to the top flight.
“It was an admirable decision, and we wish him and Cardiff City all the very best for his new challenge.”
Bellamy was unveiled as a Cardiff player this afternoon and is set to make an emotional home debut for them against Doncaster Rovers this weekend.