Southampton completed a season-long loan deal which saw Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand move to the St Mary’s Stadium, SkySPORTS reports.
Having recently returned from a spell at Aston Villa the previous season, the left-back will not feature in the Blues plan for next season as he is imediately on his way out once more.
The Saints have also included a clause giving them the chance to make the switch permanent if he can impress his new manager Ronald Koeman.
Koeman told the club’s official website: “I’m very happy to be able to bring Ryan in.
“I spoke to him on Monday afternoon and I was very impressed with his attitude and how keen he was to play games for Southampton.
“He is a top player who will bring a lot of quality to the team. He has experience at the highest level and is an exciting, attacking player, which is what I like to see in my full-backs.
“Left-back is an important position in the team because it is quite specialised in terms of the attributes needed to play there, so it is nice to get this signing completed because it gives us some stability.”
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