Chelsea ace hints at permanent Southampton move

Ryan Bertrand says that he’s not thinking about returning to Chelsea when his loan move at Southampton ends.

The left-back joined the Saints for the 2014/15 campaign over the summer after becoming aware that his first-team chances under Jose Mourinho had not improved after a temporary spell at Aston Villa.

Bertrand – who started the 2012 Champions League Final for Chelsea – has been in terrific form for the South Coast club since joining them, and capped his recent run with his first goal in the red and white shirt during Saturday’s 2-1 win against QPR.

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The 25-year-old says that he’s enjoying playing regular football once again at Southampton and that heading back to his parent club is not on his mind at the moment:

“Since I left to go on loan to [Aston] Villa, it’s been about me again,” he is quoted by The Metro.

“I’d never rule anything out, but it’s just been about getting out there and playing consistently without the thought process of what Chelsea think or whether I’m going back there.”

Bertrand was highly-rated at Chelsea when he broke through as a youngster, with many at the club believing he would be the heir to Ashley Cole.

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