Date: 9th January 2009 at 12:53am
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Manchester City’s new signing Wayne Bridge has admitted he quit Chelsea because he was frustrated with his lack of first-team opportunities.

Bridge, who played with Mark Hughes early in his Southampton career, said he could not see a future at Stamford Bridge.

‘I thought I was going to get a lot more games than what I had been doing. 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 [the Chelsea manager 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 added.

‘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.’