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OFFICIAL: Southampton loan Bertrand from Chelsea

ryan-bertrandSouthampton have swooped for Chelsea fullback Ryan Bertrand. Southampton have announced the signing of Chelsea left-back Bertrand on a season-long loan.

The Chelsea left-back joins the Saints on a short-term deal having seen his opportunities at the Blues limited following the signing of Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid. Southampton have signed Ryan Bertrand from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal.

Bertrand becomes the club’s third signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle. The 24-year-old made 17 league appearances last season, 16 of them while on loan at Aston Villa.

Saints’ CEO Gareth Rogers told the club’s official website: “Ryan is a young, attacking full-back and will fit in perfectly with the club’s philosophy and style of play.

“This is another important step forward in terms of rebuilding our first-team squad with exciting English talent at its core.”

First team manager Ronald Koeman added: “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.”