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Bridge extends Blues deal

Full-back commits future to Chelsea until 2012

Last Updated: 16/07/08 9:41am

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Bridge: Happy to stay

Bridge: Happy to stay

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Chelsea full-back Wayne Bridge has agreed a new four-year contract to stay at Stamford Bridge.

The England international joined the Blues in 2003 from Southampton and has made 130 appearances for the club.

Though he is considered the back-up to Ashley Cole on the left, Bridge insists he is happy to stay with Chelsea.

"I'm just happy, I love it here, all the lads, staff, everything, so I'm happy to be here, hopefully for the four years," Bridge told Chelsea TV.

Bridge had been linked with a move to Portsmouth, but new boss Luiz Felipe Scolari is pleased to hang on to the 27-year-old.

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Scolari said: "I am very pleased for Wayne that he has committed his future to Chelsea.

"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."

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."

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