Bridge makes Cole vow
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wayne Bridge insists he is not fazed by talk of a Chelsea move for Ashley Cole.Wayne Bridge insists he is not fazed by talk of a possible Chelsea move for Arsenal's Ashley Cole, and has vowed not to give up his place at Stamford Bridge without a fight.
With a Chelsea delegation reported to have met with Cole last month to sound out The Gunners star about a move across London, question marks had inevitably been raised over Bridge's first-team future.
However, the former Southampton star claims he has not been affected by the speculation, and would not seek a move - whoever Jose Mourinho might choose to sign.
"I've not spoken to Ashley and I've not spoken to the manager about what he might do in the future or if the stories are true," Bridge told the Daily Mirror. "I don't want to know.
"But I do know the gaffer wants two class players for each position. I know he's going to bring someone in and I'll compete with them, whoever it is.
"Even if Ashley did end up coming here - and I haven't a clue about that - I'll stay and fight for my place.
"I'm confident about myself and my game at the moment. I had a few injuries at the start of the season and a few poor performances and was out of the team. But I'm back in now, confident and I want to keep playing.
"Whoever comes in I'm going to compete with them and play as many games as possible.
"I just want to get on with my football and see what happens, but there's nowhere better to be at the moment than Chelsea and I won't be going anywhere."
Meanwhile, Chelsea are reported to be lining up a raid on Bridge's former club, Southampton, for youngster Theo Walcott.
The 15-year-old winger, who plays for England's Under-17 team, caught the eye earlier in the week by scoring the goal that dumped Arsenal out of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday.
Blues boss Mourinho is understood to have been impressed with the teenager and is plotting a move to lure him to Stamford Bridge, although The Blues are likely to face a hefty compensation fee.