CONFIRMED: Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand join Southampton on season-long loan
Southampton have completed a loan move for Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand on Wednesday.
A statement on Chelsea’s official website read, “Ryan Bertrand has today completed a loan move to Southampton until the end of the season.”
According to the Liverpool ECHO, Brendan Rodgers’ side were keen on signing the left-back on a permanent transfer in the summer transfer window. However, the England defender rejected a chance to join Liverpool and has completed a loan switch to St Mary’s Stadium.
Bertrand believes the latest loan move will help him to get more playing time at Southampton next season.
“For me personally, this is another chance to play and a chance to join a fantastic club that’s moving in the right direction,” Bertrand told Southampton’s official website.
“With the set-up the club’s got, the manager it has coming in and the ethos it has, I thought this was a perfect match. The manager’s name speaks for itself, so to play under somebody like that will be good for me. His ethos and the way he plays matches my game.”
“I had a lot of options and a lot of interest but, having met the people and spoken to the manager and seen what the club is about, in my mind this was the perfect decision”.
“I’m looking to get games and to play regularly in the way and the formation that I like, and I’m sure that will benefit my game. I still think the best is yet to come from me,” the defender added.
With Liverpool losing out on Bertrand, the Merseyside club could now rekindle their interest in signing Sevilla defender Alberto Moreno. The Spanish left-back is €23m and earlier we reported that Rodgers is willing to pay the asking price in signing the player.