Manchester City's new signing Wayne Bridge has admitted he quit Chelsea because he was frustrated with his lack of opportunities.
The England left-back revealed he jumped at the chance to work under manager Mark Hughes, whom he played with at Southampton earlier in his career, because he could not see a future at Stamford Bridge.
"I thought I was going to get a lot more games that what I had been doing," he said. "It just was not happening and it was probably the most frustrated I have been."
He added: "There was a time when I had a string of games in the first team, and then Ashley Cole came straight back in.
"Maybe he [Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari] thinks Ashley Cole is a better left-back than me - that is the way football goes."
Whatever the reason, Bridge had to accept he needed to move.
"No matter how well I played, I was never going to establish myself there," he believes.
"I spoke to Scolari but I'll leave that between me and him - and I left on a good note.
"Everyone was happy when an offer from Manchester City was put on the table - and for me it is a great opportunity to start playing week in week out."
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