Thursday 31 July 2014
Southampton have moved to reinforce their defence with the signing of Ryan Bertrand from Chelsea on a season-long loan.
The 24-year-old left-back will replace Luke Shaw, who was sold to Manchester United this summer and, according to Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, bringing in Bertrand helps to fill a key position.
"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," Koeman told www.saintsfc.co.uk.
"He is an exciting, attacking player, which is what I like to see in my full-backs"
"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."
Bertrand, who has made 44 Barclays Premier League appearances for Chelsea since making his debut in the 2010/11 season, spent the second half of the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League campaign on loan at Aston Villa in search of first-team action, playing 16 matches, and he was keen to work with Koeman.
"This is another chance to play and a chance to join a fantastic club that's moving in the right direction," Bertrand said. "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.
"I'm looking to get games and to play regularly in the way and the formation that I like, and I'm sure that will benefit my game. I still think the best is yet to come from me."
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Bertrand, who is Southampton's third summer signing following the arrivals of Serbia playmaker Dusan Tadic, from Twente, and Feyenoord's Italian striker Graziano Pelle, will join his new team-mates ahead of Thursday's friendly at Brighton & Hove Albion. For all Southampton's pre-season friendlies, click here. Koeman takes charge of his first Barclays Premier League match on 17 August when his side visit Liverpool.