Ryan Bertrand open to permanent Southampton transfer

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Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand has given the clearest indication yet that his Stamford Bridge career is over after intimating that he is keen to make his season-long loan move to Southampton permanent. (BBC Sport)

The 25-year-old full-back was deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho during the summer, and allowed to leave west London for a seventh time since joining the club in 2005.

Bertrand has enjoyed an impressive start to life at St Mary's - which could be a conscious attempt to secure a transfer to Saints at the end of the campaign.

Ronald Koeman's side have an option to buy Bertrand for around £10m next summer, and based on his early performances on the south coast expect the Dutchman to take advantage of that.

Blues fans will be disappointed to see another academy product depart, particularly after Bertrand looked to have made a senior breakthrough, featuring in the memorable Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich in 2012.

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