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Man City complete signing of Chelsea full back Bridge

January 03, 2009 21:24 IST

Manchester City completed the signing of England left back Wayne Bridge from Chelsea on Saturday for an undisclosed fee.

The clubs agreed terms for the 28-year-old on Friday before Bridge put pen to paper on a four and a half year contract a day later to become City's first signing of the January transfer window.

"I played alongside him at Southampton and I saw him come through the ranks. He was an outstanding young player and he's progressed year on year in his career," manager Mark Hughes told City's website (www.mcfc.co.uk).

"He's a successful player. He's an England international and has just played for one of the top four sides in the country.

"He's of the right quality and he's the type of player we need to attract. We need good players that understand this league and we'll look to carry on in that way and add more if we can."

Bridge, who has 32 England caps, joined Chelsea from Southampton for seven million pounds in 2003 but struggled to hold down a regular first-team place after the arrival of Ashley Cole from Arsenal in 2006.

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