Mancini stunned over Bridge’s loan re­fusal

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ROBERTO MANCINI is gob­s­macked that Wayne Bridge is happy to do noth­ing for his £90,000a-week wages at Manch­ester City.

Ex-eng­land star Bridge, 31, is not even in City’s 25man Premier League squad and so could not fill in for Alek­sander Ko­larov and Gael Clichy who were sus­pended for the 1-0 win over Arse­nal.

The former Chelsea man snubbed a loan move to Celtic in the sum­mer.

Ne­dum On­uoha, who spent last sea­son on loan at Sun­der­land, is in the same boat af­ter City re­fused to pay his wages for an­other loan stint.

And Mancini can­not get his head around play­ers that do not want to play.

“Some­times I don’t un­der­stand why there is ready to hand Jonathan Woodgate an in­stant re­call tonight – four days af­ter his Mo­lineux night­mare.

De­fender Woodgate is poised to start against league lead­ers Man City and re­place sus­pended skip­per Ryan Shawcross.

Wonky Woodgate was sub­sti­tuted af­ter only 19 min­utes against Wolves on Satur­day.

He was booked for a foul on Matt Jarvis and then gave away a penalty where he was for­tu­nate to es­cape a red card.

But Pulis re­vealed: “Jonathan is likely to start against City. I’ve no prob­lems putting him back in.

“The Wolves game has gone and he fully ac­cepted the rea­sons be­hind my de­ci­sion.

“He is a vastly ex­pe­ri­enced player and what hap­pened on Satur­day won’t af­fect him in the slight­est.”

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