Ryan Bertrand will not start at Leicester City or Arsenal, claims former Southampton midfielder Carlton Palmer.
Bertrand, who was earning £70,000 a week at St. Mary’s, is a free agent this summer and continues to be linked with various clubs.
Arsenal and AC Milan are both said to have an interest in the 31-year-old left-back, but Leicester look to be leading the race for his signature. In fact, according to Football Insider, he has already agreed to join the FA Cup winners.
Palmer, however, is not convinced that a move to any of those teams is a good decision in regards to playing time. He told FFC in an exclusive interview:
“He’s leaving, probably his last big contract, to go and get big money, but he’s not guaranteed first-team football. Why would you do that? Why would you do that?
“I don’t see him playing at any of those places. Any of those teams, he’s just cover and very good cover. But surely you’d want to play?”
As a free transfer, Bertrand has the chance to pick up a large signing-on fee. And at Leicester, he will also have the chance to play in Europe and compete for trophies if this season is anything to go by.
But up against Timothy Castagne, Luke Thomas and James Justin once he is fit again, there certainly are no guarantees that he will be starting week in, week out at the King Power.