Bridge hits back at Mancini after golf jibe and insists: No one trains harder than me!
Wayne Bridge has hit back at his Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini after deciding it was time to defend his own professional reputation.
In an exclusive Sportsmail interview – the first major one of his 14-year career – the former England full back revealed the way Mancini has ostracised him and made him train with the youth team.
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Bridge spoke out after reading Mancini’smidweek suggestion that he was happy to play golf on a Saturday afternoon – the implication that he was more worried by money and his reported 95,000-a-week salary than playing football.
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He said: ‘Roberto Mancini obviously doesn’t know me very well because I don’t play golf. There is no one at the club who trains harder. I do everything that is asked of me, but there is no future for me at the club.
“Mancini doesn’t really speak to me, he doesn’t really speak to any of the players. (That’s why) my frustration has come out. I’ve been training with the kids for a month and I’m a senior professional footballer. Another manager would have treated me differently.’
Bridge, 31, who has been told by City to find another club in January, admits he is desperate to move after playing only one first-team game – a Carling Cup tie against Birmingham – in 2011.
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He said: ‘When I was at Chelsea I was playing for a team where Ashley Cole was the best in the world and I still got games. It won’t happen to me at City.
“There has never been an explanation, but it’s obvious they don’t want me. The players are good to me. They see my situation and some of them don’t think what’s happening is right.’