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Bridge given permission to talk to City

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From SSN:
"Chelsea have confirmed that Wayne Bridge has been given permission to hold talks with Manchester City over a proposed 12million move.

Sky Sports revealed on Thursday night that the two clubs were already holding discussions over the England international.

Bridge has found his opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge and has been forced to act as an understudy to first-choice left-back Ashley Cole.

City boss Mark Hughes is backed by the financial muscle of the Abu Dhabi United Group and has been linked with a host of signings in the winter transfer window.

Hughes is keen to bring up to five new players to Eastlands and confirmed to Sky Sports News on Thursday that he was eager to complete much of his business as quickly as possible.

The proposed arrival of Bridge would bolster a defence which has leaked 30 goals so far this season, with City only two points above the Premier League relegation zone.

Former Southampton player Bridge moved to Stamford Bridge in July 2003 in a 7million deal."

www.skysports.com/story/0,19...

Not bad! We've finally gone for a left-back!

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posted Jan 8, 2009

I for one hope Bridge shows use England Fans what his worth at Man City and becomes Englands Number 1 Left Back.

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posted Jan 8, 2009

I am a chelsea fan and i would much rather have Ashley Cole over Bridge. I have a lot of respect for bridge as we all remember his famous goal at highbury, the thing about bridge is that he is the most 1 footed player in the world and all you have to do to defend against him is show him onto his right foot. Ashley is the worlds best left back and fully deserves his first team place.

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posted Jan 8, 2009

I'm not going to go into whether Birdge is better than Cole - regardless of that, Bridge is one of the best left-backs in the Premier League, and him sitting on the Chelsea bench for the last three years has been a travesty, and seriously detrimental to the England team, preventing him from showing good form and challenging for his position there, so I'm hugely glad that he's moved to a team where he can play regularly.

What I don't understand is why Man City offered him 100k a week. I know they have a lot of cash, but surely he would have been happy to accept LESS than he was earning at Chelsea, or at the very most the same amount - I'm sure he's desperate to get some games. It seems like they are just throwing money away.

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comment by Elwis (U7046959)

posted Jan 8, 2009

My concern is that Chelsea will do what they did in the summer when they let SWP go when going for Robinho.

Get rid of a first class player without getting a decent replacement first.

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posted Jan 8, 2009

yep im a chelsea fan aswel, and i would also have to say ashley cole over bridge, bridge seems to be half asleep a lot of the time and doesnt seem to have any agression, doesnt seem to want to win when hes playing. Cole is all round a better player, and I'm glad we get Bridge off the pay role, and that we have made that kind of money for him!

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posted Jan 8, 2009

'Ashley is the worlds best left back'

Patrice Evra is much better, for me. However, it's odd that there are very few truly amazing left-backs in the world, but the right-back position boasts outstanding talents like Maicon, Sergio Ramos and Daniel Alves.

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posted Jan 8, 2009

My mistake - Maicon can play on both sides.

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posted Jan 8, 2009

spoons99, you think there is a clause in cashley cole's contract, i'd love to see darius vassel's

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posted Jan 9, 2009

cole is rubbish, bridge a wee bit better, city would be better looking at rex hunt

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posted Jul 27, 2010

Bridge is a good player but he is not worth 12 million.

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