Bertrand sets stage for permanent Saints move with Chelsea dig

Ryan Bertrand has set himself up for a permanent move to Southampton, having made a dig at current employers Chelsea, reports the Daily Mirror.

The left back is enjoying a season long loan at St Mary’s, and was on the scoresheet yesterday as Ronald Koeman’s side picked up another three points.

Bertrand is in fact on the NINTH loan spell of his career, and aimed a dig at Chelsea for being dishonest about his first team opportunities at Stamford Bridge.

He said: “The situation became clear to me before I went on loan to Aston Villa (last season). I was getting those 15, 20, 25, 30-plus games a season, until I hit a stumbling block.

“That’s when the alarm bells rang. Before that, I had a chance to move from the club, but I was advised that I didn’t need to do that.

“It all unravelled in front of my eyes, and certain things didn’t make sense in terms of what certain people had said to me. All I ask for is honesty, and I didn’t get that.

“I wanted to be in a situation where the club is looking for the same things. In a way, me as a person and Southampton as a football club are quite similar. We’re both striving to do great things.”

The 2012 Champions League winner also joined those praising his current club for such a fine start to the season, following the mass exodus of players from Southampton in the summer. 

“It’s strange just how positive it has been. It’s almost hard to believe how well the new boys have settled in,” he added.