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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.”



January 8, 2009 Posted by | Latest News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wayne Bridge Leaves Chelsea for Man City

Wayne Bridge


Wayne Bridge has left Chelsea for Man City in a reported £ 12 million fees. Bridge arrived from Southampton in the summer of 2003 for a reported £ 7 million. The main reason behind Bridge’s departure to Man City was lack of first team football after the arrival of Ashley Cole from Arsenal. John Terry recently spoke about Wayne and said ‘ He’ll be missed and I’m still in shock a little bit, because it’s a shame to see one of the lads go who you have grown up with and been with a long time. I’m disappointed but for him it was the right decision’.
‘We understand he’s been here and tried to break in to become a first team regular but with him and Ash being the two best left-backs around by far, it was difficult for him to break through and get as many games as he liked,’ Terry assessed.
‘I think he felt at 28 he had come to an age where he needed to play week in week out, and he will definitely get that at Man City and show people he is right up there, as I said, with Ash.
‘Once Bridgey starts playing people will realise how good he is,’ he added, before touching on the levels of professionalism he showed while at the club.
‘He was great to have around the place. A great professional too, coming in at eight some mornings to do an hour on the bike when he wasn’t playing, just to keep his fitness there so when he was called upon he did well.’
Like many Blues supporters, Terry’s own personal favourite moment of Bridge in a Chelsea shirt was that famous night at Highbury nearly five years ago, when in typical fashion he showed a burst of pace and energy, breaking into the Arsenal box to score the winner with two minutes remaining in the Champions League quarter-finals.


January 7, 2009 Posted by | Latest News | , , | Leave a comment