Chelsea have rejected any potential advances made by Liverpool for left-back Ryan Bertrand after it emerged that Brendan Rodgers was interested in a potential deal for the defender.
Bertrand has often struggled to break into the Chelsea first team, following the continued solid form shown by Ashley Cole. But the 23-year-old has stated that he is now ready to step-up his pursuit of the left-back berth on a full-time basis.
It is thought that Rodgers has been looking for a left-back for some time now, and Bertrand was a top target to fit the position. But the Blues have quickly rebuffed any potential interest in their developing star, with Bertrand considered a prospect for the future.
Cole is seemingly coming to the end of his career, with a persistent ankle injury often forcing him out of games. This, in a years' time, could mean that Bertrand could find himself as first choice as soon as next season.
And the Europa League winner has stated that he is ready to step up and become first choice under new manager Jose Mourinho.
"I see my future being Chelsea's number one (left-back)," Bertrand told reporters in Kuala Lumpur. "I don't concentrate on trying to dislodge Cole. I just focus on myself and my game and I'm sure that time will come. Being at a club like Chelsea, at the top level, that's just a way of life. Everyone's used to it by now."
Bertrand also admitted that a place in Roy Hodgson's England team is also top of his priorities, with the World Cup fast approaching.
"I've just got to concentrate on my club team and get my games in there. In the back of my mind I'm aware of it (the World Cup). Hopefully I can get enough games this year and you never know," he added.
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