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Football: Chelsea Defender Bridge To Join City

Posted on: January 3, 2009

LONDON : Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge is set to join Manchester City after boss Mark Hughes confirmed on Friday that the two clubs have agreed an undisclosed fee for the England international.

Bridge only recently extended his Chelsea contract until 2012, but he has struggled to hold down a first-team spot at Stamford Bridge when Ashley Cole is fit and the Blues are willing to let the left-back leave.

Hughes has been given a substantial transfer warchest by City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners and he hopes to tie up Bridge within the next 24 hours in what promises to be the first of several big-money signings arriving at Eastlands in January.

“My understanding is the clubs have agreed a fee,” he said. “We need to speak to the boy and try to agree personal terms.

“If we can do that hopefully Wayne will be a Manchester City player, that’s the aim.

“Wayne will probably travel to Manchester and hopefully negotiations will go well and he can have a medical tomorrow (Saturday).”

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has to sell before he can buy in the window and he admitted he would have no problem letting Bridge move on for a reported fee of around 12 million pounds.

“If they have a good deal, it is no problem for me,” Scolari said.

“If any club wants to buy a player from Chelsea, they have to offer big money because if they play for Chelsea they are very good players.”

Scolari made it clear late last year that he was keen to sign an attacking player to bolster his options, but he insists he has yet to ask the board to fund any new signings.

Scolari will field a young team in Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against League One side Southend at Stamford Bridge, but the Brazilian is adamant he is not disrespecting the competition.

Centre-back Michael Mancienne, who was called up by England after a successful loan spell at Wolverhampton, is likely to feature, while Lee Sawyer and Jeffrey Bruma are also in the squad.

“I have some problems in the squad. Five or six players who have played a lot more games will not be involved in this game,” he said.

“I know the history. It’s a fantastic competition and the players like to play and arrive in the final.

“But now is the time to train and look at some situations for the players.

“Five or six won’t play. Michael Ballack is suspended, John Terry is suspended, Jose Bosingwa has a little injury. Petr Cech won’t play. But I have a good squad and I receive two or three young players.

“I gave Mancienne time to grow up. Now he’s better than before. When I arrived, I had four central defenders, but since then I’ve never had four.

“I’ve had three or two and had many injuries. Now I give Mancienne a chance to come back. If I have an injury, I am not afraid any more.”

– AFP /ls

Channel News Asia

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Football: Chelsea Defender Bridge To Join City

Posted on: January 3, 2009

LONDON : Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge is set to join Manchester City after boss Mark Hughes confirmed on Friday that the two clubs have agreed an undisclosed fee for the England international.

Bridge only recently extended his Chelsea contract until 2012, but he has struggled to hold down a first-team spot at Stamford Bridge when Ashley Cole is fit and the Blues are willing to let the left-back leave.

Hughes has been given a substantial transfer warchest by City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners and he hopes to tie up Bridge within the next 24 hours in what promises to be the first of several big-money signings arriving at Eastlands in January.

“My understanding is the clubs have agreed a fee,” he said. “We need to speak to the boy and try to agree personal terms.

“If we can do that hopefully Wayne will be a Manchester City player, that’s the aim.

“Wayne will probably travel to Manchester and hopefully negotiations will go well and he can have a medical tomorrow (Saturday).”

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has to sell before he can buy in the window and he admitted he would have no problem letting Bridge move on for a reported fee of around 12 million pounds.

“If they have a good deal, it is no problem for me,” Scolari said.

“If any club wants to buy a player from Chelsea, they have to offer big money because if they play for Chelsea they are very good players.”

Scolari made it clear late last year that he was keen to sign an attacking player to bolster his options, but he insists he has yet to ask the board to fund any new signings.

Scolari will field a young team in Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against League One side Southend at Stamford Bridge, but the Brazilian is adamant he is not disrespecting the competition.

Centre-back Michael Mancienne, who was called up by England after a successful loan spell at Wolverhampton, is likely to feature, while Lee Sawyer and Jeffrey Bruma are also in the squad.

“I have some problems in the squad. Five or six players who have played a lot more games will not be involved in this game,” he said.

“I know the history. It’s a fantastic competition and the players like to play and arrive in the final.

“But now is the time to train and look at some situations for the players.

“Five or six won’t play. Michael Ballack is suspended, John Terry is suspended, Jose Bosingwa has a little injury. Petr Cech won’t play. But I have a good squad and I receive two or three young players.

“I gave Mancienne time to grow up. Now he’s better than before. When I arrived, I had four central defenders, but since then I’ve never had four.

“I’ve had three or two and had many injuries. Now I give Mancienne a chance to come back. If I have an injury, I am not afraid any more.”

– AFP /ls

Channel News Asia

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Football: Chelsea Defender Bridge To Join City

Posted on: January 3, 2009

LONDON : Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge is set to join Manchester City after boss Mark Hughes confirmed on Friday that the two clubs have agreed an undisclosed fee for the England international.

Bridge only recently extended his Chelsea contract until 2012, but he has struggled to hold down a first-team spot at Stamford Bridge when Ashley Cole is fit and the Blues are willing to let the left-back leave.

Hughes has been given a substantial transfer warchest by City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners and he hopes to tie up Bridge within the next 24 hours in what promises to be the first of several big-money signings arriving at Eastlands in January.

“My understanding is the clubs have agreed a fee,” he said. “We need to speak to the boy and try to agree personal terms.

“If we can do that hopefully Wayne will be a Manchester City player, that’s the aim.

“Wayne will probably travel to Manchester and hopefully negotiations will go well and he can have a medical tomorrow (Saturday).”

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has to sell before he can buy in the window and he admitted he would have no problem letting Bridge move on for a reported fee of around 12 million pounds.

“If they have a good deal, it is no problem for me,” Scolari said.

“If any club wants to buy a player from Chelsea, they have to offer big money because if they play for Chelsea they are very good players.”

Scolari made it clear late last year that he was keen to sign an attacking player to bolster his options, but he insists he has yet to ask the board to fund any new signings.

Scolari will field a young team in Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against League One side Southend at Stamford Bridge, but the Brazilian is adamant he is not disrespecting the competition.

Centre-back Michael Mancienne, who was called up by England after a successful loan spell at Wolverhampton, is likely to feature, while Lee Sawyer and Jeffrey Bruma are also in the squad.

“I have some problems in the squad. Five or six players who have played a lot more games will not be involved in this game,” he said.

“I know the history. It’s a fantastic competition and the players like to play and arrive in the final.

“But now is the time to train and look at some situations for the players.

“Five or six won’t play. Michael Ballack is suspended, John Terry is suspended, Jose Bosingwa has a little injury. Petr Cech won’t play. But I have a good squad and I receive two or three young players.

“I gave Mancienne time to grow up. Now he’s better than before. When I arrived, I had four central defenders, but since then I’ve never had four.

“I’ve had three or two and had many injuries. Now I give Mancienne a chance to come back. If I have an injury, I am not afraid any more.”

– AFP /ls

Channel News Asia

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