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Manchester City’s Wayne Bridge joins Brighton on season-long loan

July 6, 2012

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• Gus Poyet delighted to have Bridge at Championship club
• Former England left-back a ‘quality player’, says manager

Manchester City’s Wayne Bridge has dropped down to the Championsh ip and joined Brighton & Hove Albion on a season-long loan deal.

The 31-year-old former England left-back moved to the Etihad Stadium from Chelsea in 2009 but has made little impact in recent years, having been frozen out by the City manager, Roberto Mancini.

Bridge was farmed out to West Ham and Sunderland over the past two seasons and has now agreed another loan that will see him spend the next campaign at Brighton.

Gus Poyet said Bridge has been one of his main summer targets and is delighted to be able to bring in the former Southampton defender. The manager told the club’s website: “It’s difficult to say how I happy I am because it’s not easy to get top-class players.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have Wayne with us. He’s been one of the top three left-backs in this country for many years. There were a lot of things that had to come together to make it happen.

“Firstly, David Platt has been great at Manchester City and then Wayne and his age nt have helped a lot too.

“It was not an easy one to secure, but this is what we want at this club. He’s a quality player with lots of international experience.

“Wayne has played at the top of English football for a long time. We have all got to learn from him and I’m sure that he will have a very good season with us. It’s going to be very nice to sit back and watch him on the pitch.” Read More

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