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Wright-Phillips back to City from Chelsea

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  • Shaun Wright-Phillips rejoins Manchester City from Premier League rivals Chelsea
  • England international winger has signed four-year deal with his former club
  • Wright-Phillips played 43 league games for Chelsea scoring just four goals
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(CNN) -- England international winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has rejoined Manchester City from Chelsea in a four-year deal sealed on Thursday.

Wright-Philliips is returning to the City fold after three largely frustrating years at Chelsea.

Wright-Phillips spent three years at Stamford Bridge, rarely finding the form which persuaded Chelsea to pay £21 million $39.03 million) for his services three years ago.

His position at Chelsea was set to be further undermined by the expected arrival from Real Madrid of Brazilian international Robinho.

"Obviously I'm delighted to come back to City and I just can't wait to get started again," he told City's Web site.

Wright-Phillips, who is reported to have cost City around £10 million ($18.58 million), is set to make his second debut for them in Sunday's Premier League game at Eastlands.

He spent seven years in his first spell at City before his much-vaunted move to the then Premier League champions, for whom he played only 43 league games, scoring just four goals.

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New Manchester City manager Mark Hughes was delighted to secure such a high-profile signing so soon after the club's spending power was called into question.

"To actually secure the deal and bring Shaun back home is a fantastic coup for us and I'm sure the supporters will be just as excited as we are to have him back at Manchester City," he told the Web site.

"I've always admired him and he's certainly been a target of mine since I came to the football club."

The news that City owner Thaksin Shinawatra's assets had been frozen as a result of corruption and fraud charges in Thailand was reported to have put a dent in Hughes' transfer budget.

Wright-Phillips will link up with his new teammates on Friday after their return from UEFA Cup qualifying round success in Denmark.

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