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Bridge signs new Chelsea contract

Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge
Bridge made 19 appearances for Chelsea last season

Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge has signed a new four-year deal to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.

The 27-year-old, who joined the Blues in the summer of 2003, has made 130 appearances, scoring four goals.

He signed the contract last month before new manager Luis Felipe Scolari arrived at the club, but Scolari is delighted to have him on board.

"I am very pleased for Wayne that he has committed his future to Chelsea," said the Brazilian.

"I have been here only a few days but I have seen that he is one of the best professionals at the club. I very much like his playing style."

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Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon added: "We are delighted that Wayne has committed himself to Chelsea for the next four years. He is a key member of our squad and is relishing the challenge of the arrival of a new manager.

"We are fortunate at Chelsea that we have the two best left-backs in England and it is a source of pride for us.

"Wayne's new deal also underlines the club's commitment to maintaining a strong English core to our squad."


see also
England v Croatia - Wayne Bridge
21 Nov 07 |  Internationals
Bridge signs for Chelsea
21 Jul 03 |  Chelsea


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