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Chelsea full-back Wayne Bridge has completed his loan move to Fulham tonight.

The left back has made the short move across west London to boost his chances of making Sven-Goran Eriksson’s World Cup squad after failing down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge this season. Bridge has struggled for regular football since breaking his ankle last February and is expected to be Chris Coleman’s first choice at left back.

“I’m really happy to join Fulham for the remainder of the season. The next few months is an incredibly important period for me to be playing regular football, as I would obviously love to be part of the manager’s plans for the World Cup.

Fulham is a nice club with a great atmosphere, but most importantly they play good football under Chris Coleman and although I did have other choices offered to me, this seemed to be the best option for me at this time.”

Fulham saw off competition from Tottenham, Middlesbrough and Celtic to secure Bridge’s services and the Fulham manager was delighted. “Wayne Bridge is a world-class player and even though he is only just returning from injury, we are more than delighted to have him on board for the remainder of the season, he said.

Obviously with the World Cup around the corner Wayne is keen to play regular football and given that some big clubs were interested in signing him this window, we are delighted that he has chosen Fulham above everyone else. Therefore, with the securing of Tony Warner’s services and the signing of Simon Elliott, Antti Niemi and now Wayne I am more than happy with the way things are progressing this window, with the support of the chairman and the board.”