Bridge hits out at Mancini

The Italian has made it perfectly clear the full-back has no future

at the Etihad Stadium and implied earlier this week he was staying

put for the money. The 31-year-old collects a reported £90,000

weekly salary which other clubs are unwilling to match. But Bridge

has responded by claiming he has never been offered an explanation

for why he has been frozen out by Mancini. “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,” Bridge, who has only been called on once

this season, for the Carling Cup tie against Birmingham in

September, told the Daily Mail. “It won’t happen at City. There has

never been an explanation, but it’s obvious they don’t want me.

“Mancini doesn’t really speak to me, he doesn’t really speak to any

of the players. The only time I’ve known a player isolated like

this was Winston Bogarde at Chelsea. Usually you still train with

the first team, even when they want you out.” Former Holland

defender Bogarde spent four years at Stamford Bridge, making just

nine Premier League appearances in total. Bridge added: “I’ve never

caused trouble, I’m not that kind of character. “There will be days

when I’m frustrated – not depressed, but down. Training helps take

my mind off the fact that I don’t play. “If I kicked up a fuss I

might have got out easier.”