Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand has signed for Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old has only featured in three games this season, and has joined Paul Lambert's side in order to get regular first team football.

The England international has played key parts in Chelsea's recent success, most notably starting in the 2012 Champions League final at left-wing, also becoming the first ever player to make his Champions league debut in the final.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert was pleased with the opportunity presented to him, " Ryan brings a lot of big-game experience, so he'll be really good for us." he told BBC Sport.

With 56 games under his belt in all competitions for Chelsea, The Blues' youth graduate has seen a fair amount of action over the last few years, but has become a regular understudy to the much more experienced Ashley Cole.

Bertrand was further pushed down the pecking order when Blues boss Jose Mourinho preferred right back Cesar Azpilicueta as his back up to Ashley Cole.

Nevertheless, the Portuguese gaffer voiced his confidence in Bertrand's ability and explained the left-back was contempt with the deal.

Mourinho told reporters: ''He is a good player, he needs to play and he's happy with that."

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