Ryan Bertrand Set For Showdown Talks With Chelsea Boss Jose Mourinho This Summer

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Out-of-favour Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand says that he will sit down with Blues head coach Jose Mourinho at the end of the season to discuss whether or not he has a future going forward at the west London club, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

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The England international is currently coming towards the end of his six-month loan spell with struggling Premier League outfit Aston Villa, who Bertrand agreed to move to on a short-term basis in the January transfer window.

However, with Bertrand set to return to Stamford Bridge at the end of the campaign, the 24-year-old is still very much in the dark as to whether or not he has a long-term future with the Uefa Europa League holders or not.

And so the full back now intends to sit down with the self-styled Special One this summer and find out what plans the Portuguese has for him, with Betrand insisting that he has no intention whatsoever of remaining with the Blues next season if it means the player having to warm the substitutes’ bench.

“I’ll go back to Chelsea in the summer and if they want me to play then that would be great,” said Bertrand. “Should it be other options, I suppose the ball is in their court.

“It’s something we’ll sit down and talk about in the summer. At this stage in my career I need to be playing. I don’t want to be sat on the bench next season, so that is something we will discuss in the summer.

“For me personally I feel I’m more than ready. I deserve the chance to play there consistently, having had the experiences that I have done under numerous managers.

“I’ve learnt from some of the best players at the highest level. The likes of Didier, JT, Lamps, Ash directly in my position. I feel it’s my time. I’m 24, I’m looking forward to getting settled for the first time.

“I’ve had a taste of what it’s like to be at the top, to win things. I’ve won the Champions League already. I’ve played for England a couple of times, in a crucial qualifying game (against Ukraine) as well.

“Playing for your country is the pinnacle. To have that side of success and know what it takes, that’s where I want to be, what I want to get more of.

“The Champions League final is something I don’t want people to forget, I’ve played at the highest level, had success at the highest level.

“But, personally, I don’t want to rest on my laurels, I’ve got the taste for it and it’s something I want to actively pursue it. I want to get the taste for it again.”

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