Chelsea star Ryan Bertrand is set to make a permanent move to Southampton, having had an exceptional start to his loan spell on the south coast.
The capped England left back joined the St Mary’s club in the summer on a season long loan deal, having seen the possibility for opportunities at Stamford Bridge shrink even further as a result of Chelsea’s transfer activities.
Jose Mourinho brought Filipe Luis in to the west London side from Atletico Madrid in the summer, despite already using Cesar Azpilicueta as his first choice left sided defender.
Luis has finally been granted a series of opportunities in defence, and looks to have made the position his own.
It now seems even more unlikely that Bertrand will get an opportunity at Chelsea.
As a result, he is likely to move to Southampton on a permanent basis, having made 17 appearances for them, according to the Daily Mirror.
Bertrand will move in January or the summer.
He famously made his Chelsea debut in the Champions League final, which they won.
This deal makes sense for all parties. Bertrand could be joining a Champions League club in the summer, if the side reach the heights of the early season again after Saturday’s 3-0 win against Everton.
Chelsea’s on loan star Ryan Bertrand has criticised the club, saying that they were not honest with him in recent weeks, as reported by the Daily Express.
Bertrand joined Southampton during the summer months, and has been in good form for the south coast club as they’ve put together a run of results that have belied pre season expectations.
An exodus of players during the transfer window saw them tipped as likely relegation candidates, but new boss Ronald Koeman has led them to relative success since the new season began.
Bertrand is not happy, however, and believes that he has been deceived by Chelsea.
He said: “The situation became clear to me before I went on loan to Aston Villa.
“I was getting those 15, 20, 25, 30-plus games a season, until I hit a stumbling block.
“That’s when the alarm bells rang. Before that, I had a chance to move from the club, but I was advised that I didn’t need to do that.
“It all unravelled in front of my eyes, and certain things didn’t make sense in terms of what certain people had said to me. All I ask for is honesty, and I didn’t get that.”
His comments might mean that the west London club aren’t happy with him, and with Bertrand on his seventh loan spell away from the club, he might find that his future no longer involves Chelsea.
Southampton are thought to be able to capture Bertrand for a fee of around £8 million, and he might need a permanent move away, given his comments.