Saints secure Bertrand loan deal as part of rebuilding process
Southampton (7/4 to finish in the Premier Legaue top 10 again this coming season) have signed their third player of the summer, Ryan Bertrand on loan from Chelsea, as they continue to rebuild their runaway squad.
The likes of Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Calum Chambers have all left St Mary’s, with Morgan Schneiderlin now hoping to add to that exodus. But new boss Ronald Koeman has added left back Bertrand to earlier summer signings striker Graziano Pelle and midfielder Dusan Tadic.
“I’m very happy to be able to bring Ryan in,” Dutchman Koeman said. “I spoke to him on Monday afternoon (July 28th) and I was very impressed with his attitude and how keen he was to play games for Southampton.”
Bertrand, 24, who spent the second half of last season at Aston Villa, said: “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.”
This will be the twice-capped England international’s seventh loan spell, and it seems Jose Mourinho has no place for him again this term, after he signed Filipe Luis, following the departure of Ashley Cole.
Chelsea youth graduate Bertrand has only managed 28 Premier League appearances for the Blues, since joining as a youngster from Gillingham, but has won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup whilst at Stamford Bridge. He also started the final in the club’s penalty shootout victory over Bayern Munich to lift their first European Cup.
Southampton will now be hoping that they can manage to keep the rest of their squad. However, despite Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger saying Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez will “not be sold”, it seems former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino will not give up bringing them to Tottenham.
France international Schneiderlin, in particular, took offence to Kruger’s comments, and has now reportedly handed in a transfer request.
Midfielder Jack Cork, meanwhile, is being linked with a move away to West Brom, but Saints fans can feel a bit happier that World Cup trio Fraser Forster, Marcos Rojo and Saphir Taider are all reported incoming targets.
Southampton finished an impressive eighth place last term in the league but, will such a squad shift, will the south coast side be able to keep that team spirit? They are 9/2 to get relegated.