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Upson remains unfazed by striker's walkout

PUBLISHED: 12:12 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:59 05 October 2010

Matthew Upson insists that Craig Bellamy s acrimonious exit from West Ham this week will not disrupt the harmony at the club

Matthew Upson insists that Craig Bellamy's acrimonious exit from West Ham this week will not disrupt the harmony at the club.

Bellamy was left out of the Hammers squad for last weekend's match against Fulham after storming out of the club's training ground and demanding a transfer.

Upson admits that the speculation over the striker's future had a major effect on the West Ham squad, but the defender is adamant that there will be no fallout from the saga after Bellamy finally completed a £14m switch to Manchester City on Monday.

He said: "There's no animosity. It has been a difficult week with all the speculation.

"We spoke about it as a group but it's no big deal to us because we're paid to do a job.

"What the club decide and players' behaviour, we can't influence. We're here to do a job and we're focused on what we're doing.

"You can't control individuals' behaviour and if someone wants to go and leave then that's fine.

"It's football and we're paid to do a job at the end of the day and whether or not certain players are here or whether they're at home and don't want to be here isn't going to change my attitude towards the club or what I'm trying to achieve here.


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