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Wayne Bridge has signed a new four-year contract with the club, which will run until 2012.

Bridge, who made 19 appearances last season, signed for the club in the summer of 2003, and is delighted to have put pen to paper.

'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,' he exclusively told Chelsea TV.

In total, the left-back has made 130 appearances for the club, scoring four times. He also spent time on loan with Fulham prior to the 2005/6 World Cup, turning out 12 times for our west London neighbours.

New manager Felipe Scolari was pleased Bridge has opted to stay at Stamford Bridge. He 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.'

Bridge actually signed the contract last month, prior to Scolari's arrival at Chelsea, however the deal was signed with the Brazilian's knowledge. The decision was taken to wait until now to announce the deal as we preferred the manager to be settled and working first.

Chief executive Peter Kenyon has also spoken on the 27-year-old's new contract.

'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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Chelsea destroyed Daily Mirror reputation, as the 'reliable' newspaper said TODAY that Bridge was on the verge on signing for Portsmouth...

Anyway, very good news. Wayne is a loyal servant to the club and he performs well almost every match he plays.
 
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