Manchester City's Craig Bellamy Joins in with Spurs Celebrations

Sam RobertsCorrespondent IMay 7, 2010

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 01:  Craig Bellamy of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at the City of Manchester Stadium on May 1, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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It was high-fives all around at Eastlands on Wednesday night, but one man you didn't expect to be celebrating with Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp was Craig Bellamy.

However, the Manchester City striker was clearly seen congratulating Redknapp after Spurs' 1-0 win had sealed a place for Spurs in the Champions League next season at the expense of Manchester City.

Peter Crouch struck late on to hand Spurs a well-earned 1-0 win and afterwards a grinning Bellamy, not known for his acts of sportsmanship, made a gesture to the Tottenham boss which suggested they would be meeting up again soon.

Earlier in the week had Redknapp claimed he tried to win the race for Bellamy's signature in the summer, but was forced to miss out of the Welsh striker due to City's huge financial muscle.

According to the Spurs manager, City told him to ditch their bid to sign Bellamy or else they would hijack his move for Wilson Palacios, an accusation denied by those in charge of the Manchester club.

Bellamy made the switch to City to link up with former Wales boss Mark Hughes, but since Hughes' departure at Eastlands, things have not been straightforward for Bellamy.

New City boss Roberto Mancini is believed to be keen on bringing in his own recruits this summer and it would be no great surprise if Bellamy was one of the players who made way.

If this is the case, you can bet your bottom dollar Redknapp will be in the mix for his services once again.

Meanwhile, anyone who has placed an England World Cup bet will be pleased to see Wayne Rooney is once again approaching full fitness.

England's World Cup odds make them third favourites for the competition, but the fans know how tough a challenge they face, and the side will need its star striker at his best if they are to go all the way.