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Wayne Bridge

Manchester City’s new signing Wayne Bridge has admitted he quit Chelsea because he was frustrated with his lack of opportunities.

The England left-back completed his move, for a fee in the region of £10million, on Saturday – and was presented to the media this morning.

He revealed he jumped at the chance to work under manager Mark Hughes, whom he played with at Southampton earlier in his career, because he could not see a future at Stamford Bridge.

“I thought I was going to get a lot more games that what I had been doing,” he said.

“It just was not happening and it was probably the most frustrated I have been.

“There was a time when I had a string of games in the first team, and then Ashley Cole came straight back in.

“Maybe he [Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari] thinks Ashley Cole is a better left-back than me – that is the way football goes.”

Whatever the reason, Bridge had to accept he needed to move.

“No matter how well I played, I was never going to establish myself there,” he believes.

“I spoke to Scolari but I’ll leave that between me and him – and I left on a good note.

“Everyone was happy when an offer from Manchester City was put on the table – and for me it is a great opportunity to start playing week in week out.”


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Deco claims he is not Scolari’s Pet

The Chelsea midfielder has hit out at reports that he is the pet of Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Deco addressing a press conference.

Deco addressing a press conference.


The Portuguese international has come in for criticism as the Blues’ form has slumped in recent weeks.Some fans are also frustrated he has received what they perceive as preferential treatment from boss Scolari.

The former Barcelona star has completed 90 minutes regularly for the Blues this season while the likes of Joe Cole have found themselves substituted in virtually every game.

But Deco is baffled why he is being singled out, claiming he has always been a starter during successful spells at Porto and Barcelona.

He said: “I do not understand why people are saying this about me and Felipao (Scolari).

“When we first came (to Chelsea) and things were going well, it was all ‘Felipao is the boss – this team is going to win everything’.

“Now it’s all different and people are looking to blame somebody.”

Deco began the season in great form, scoring terrific goals against Pompey and Wigan but has struggled to find the net since.


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