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Defender Bridge completes Man City switch

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  • Defender Wayne Bridge completes his move from Chelsea to Manchester City
  • The England left-back signs a four-and-a-half year deal for fee of $14.5 million
  • Bridge is the first of a host of likely new arrivals at Manchester City in January
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(CNN) -- Defender Wayne Bridge has become the first signing of what seems sure to be a busy transfer window for Manchester City after completing his expected transfer from Chelsea for a fee in the region of £10 million ($14.5 million).

Bridge acknowledges the Manchester City crowd after completing his move from Chelsea.

Bridge acknowledges the Manchester City crowd after completing his move from Chelsea.

The England left-back completed his medical on Saturday morning and agreed personal terms on a four-and-a-half-year contract, before being introduced to supporters prior to City's FA Cup tie at home to Nottingham Forest.

He watched on as his new team were humbled 3-0 by the second-flight side in a big upset.

The 28-year-old Bridge, who largely played second-fiddle to England colleague Ashley Cole during his spell at Stamford Bridge, is expected to make his debut against Portsmouth at Fratton Park next Saturday.

"I played alongside Wayne at Southampton and saw him come through the ranks," City manager Mark Hughes told the club's Web site mcfc.co.uk.

"He was an outstanding young player and he's progressed year on year in his career. He is an England international and has just played for one of the top four sides in the country.

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  • "He is of the right quality and is the type of player we need to attract. We need good players that understand this league and we will look to carry on in that way and add more if we can."

    It is expected Hughes will return to old club Blackburn for Roque Santa Cruz early next week as City's Abu Dhabi-based owners begin to flex their vast financial muscle.

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