Southampton have locked down Ryan Bertrand, as the English left back has left Chelsea and signed for Saints on a permanent deal.
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Bertrand, 25, has been out on loan at seven different clubs during his Blues career but this is his first permanent move away from Stamford Bridge after excelling for Southampton during the current campaign after initially joining on a season-long loan deal.
Saints announced that Bertrand has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at St Mary’s until 2019, and the fee for the England international is believed to be upwards of $10 million. Saints also added Serbian playmaker Filip Djuricic on loan on Deadline Day, as they aim to continue their surprise season.
A pacey left back who has flourished under the attacking style implemented by Koeman this season, the Chelsea academy product has made 27 appearances for Saints in all competitions, scoring twice, and has slotted in seamlessly at left back following the high-profile departure of Luke Shaw last summer.
Bertrand was sent off during Saints’ shock 1-0 defeat at home to Swansea City on Sunday, but apart from that he has been flawless since arriving on the south Costa for Ronald Koeman’s side. Bertrand made 56 appearances for Chelsea, as he famously started in their UEFA Champions League final win over Bayern Munich back in 2012 out of the blue.
His permanent signing is a major coup for Champions League-chasing Saints, as Chelsea cashed in on yet another fringe player to further balance their books.