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Brighton boss refusing to discuss making Bridge stay permanent

Brighton boss Gus Poyet says it is too early to consider extending Wayne Bridge's stay at the Championship club. Poyet told BBC Sussex: "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."

The 32 year old is currently in the last year of his contract at Manchester City, having joined from Chelsea in January 2009 for a fee of around £10 million.

"When the right time comes, slowly, we will probably get close to [whether Wayne staying is] a possibility or not," the Uruguayan added.

"I think it's a bit too early, especially for him.

"If I was him, it's not a problem to ask the question or start talking.

"But I don't want to put Wayne in a difficult situation and him say 'Not now' and maybe people will think he won't be here next year."

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