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Jul 30, 2014

Southampton sign Bertrand on loan

Ryan Bertrand wants first-team football at Chelsea.
Ryan Bertrand is just looking to play regular games.

Southampton have announced the signing of Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand on a season-long loan.

Bertrand, 24, replaces Luke Shaw, who joined Manchester United this summer, having failed to get much first team football during a loan spell at Aston Villa in 2013-14.

Bertrand  told the Southampton website: "For me personally, this is another chance to play and a chance to join a fantastic club that's moving in the right direction. With the set-up the club's got, the manager it has coming in and the ethos it has, I thought this was a perfect match.

"The manager's name speaks for itself, so to play under somebody like that will be good for me. His ethos and the way he plays matches my game.

"I had a lot of options and a lot of interest but, having met the people and spoken to the manager and seen what the club is about, in my mind this was the perfect decision.

Chief Executive Officer Gareth Rogers said: "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."

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. "I've been very impressed with how Matt Targett is doing in pre-season, but he is still young and developing, which I am sure he will continue to do over the coming seasons.

"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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