Ryan Bertrand has hit out at Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho for not handing enough first-team opportunities.
The full-back recently completed a loan move to Aston Villa from the Blues after slipping down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
Despite Ashley Cole having been axed from first-team duties in recent times, Bertrand was still confined to the bench and the reserves as right-sided defender Cesar Azpilicueta filled in.
Villa moved to snap up the defender earlier this month and he looks likely to enjoy a more prevalent role in Paul Lambert’s XI.
Bertrand insists that he has no problem with Mourinho, but that a lack of playing time had threatened his development as a player:
“I have always looked for progression in my career,” he is quoted by The Metro.
“Since I was back at Chelsea after being on loan for so long I have gone from 15 games to 20 odd to 30 odd. I couldn’t see that progression again this season.
“As soon as the alarm bells started to ring I knew I needed to fix it.
“Personally we’ve never had any falling outs or anything but at the same time I’ve never had many reassurances so I thought it’s in my hands now, let me take it into my own hands and get out on loan and start to play my football again.
“He’s in a job, he’s in a profession and you just have to be professional at all times.”
Bertrand made his Villa debut in their 2-2 draw with Liverpool, despite the game coming only a matter of days after his switch was completed.