The Brighton and Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet has revealed that it is extremely early to consider whether the former Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge will stay at the club beyond the current season. The 32-year-old former England international joined the club on a loan deal till the end of the season.
He has played very little football in the last few seasons after being frozen out at Manchester City by the manager Roberto Mancini. It is astonishing given that he was signed by the club for £ 12 million from Chelsea only in 2008. However, he has fallen spectacularly from the heights of being the deputy left back for England.
It is expected that the wages and the transfer fees of the 32-year-old will be the major stumbling block in getting the deal done by the Championship club. Due to the fact that he has only one season left on his current contract, Gus Poyet is not sure whether Bridge will be making Brighton his next destination on a permanent basis. When the former England international is available on a free transfer, Gus Poyet reckons that there will be a number of clubs interested in taking him. Due to the lack of first-team opportunities at Manchester City, Bridge has spent the last few seasons at West Ham, Sunderland, and Brighton.
“From the club point of view, it’s very easy. From Wayne’s it’s very difficult. We are trying to be realistic and wait. At the right time we will talk for sure because you can see he is different class. When the right time comes, slowly, we will probably get close to [whether Wayne staying is] a possibility or not. I think it’s a bit too early, especially for him,” said the Uruguayan. Brighton are currently eighth in the Championship at the moment.