Beattie gives Bridge his blessing
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The defender completed a £7 million move to Stamford Bridge on Monday with Graeme Le Saux making the move in the opposite direction.
Striker Beattie, who also broke into the England squad last term, believes Bridge's move to West London will help him challenge Ashley Cole for the left-back berth in Sven Goran Eriksson's national side.
"I believe along with many others, that Bridge is the best left-back in the country and I think his chances of cementing his place in the England side have taken a massive boost," said Beattie.
"He is ambitious and wants to do the best he can. The move to Chelsea, probably the closest London club to Southampton, to his family and friends, is ideal.
"I am ecstatic for him because he is one of my best mates. But I am also sad because he is my roomie.
"We room together on away games, so I will have to find someone else.
"It is a perfect move for him, but a massive loss to Southampton."