Bertrand open to staying with the Saints.
Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand has admitted that he would consider making his current loan move to Southampton permanent next summer.
The 25-year-old was deemed surplus to requirements by Blues manager Jose Mourinho and was therefore allowed to leave for St Mary’s.
Yet since arriving on the south coast the defender has been in great form and has played a big part in the Saints’ current rise to second in the Premier League table.
Ronald Koeman has the option to buy Bertrand at the end of the 2014/15 season for £10m and the England international would clearly be open to that outcome.
“I think it is one of those things where I’ve got to wait and see,” the full-back was quoted by the Mirror.
“But for me, there’s no reason why not, to be honest. It has been a great experience for me so far.
“There is a good base to the club, we are pulling in the right direction and have fantastic players, manager and coaching staff.”
Bertrand was snapped up by the West Londoners back in 2005 when he was playing for the Gillingham youth team, before breaking into the first team at Stamford Bridge a year later.
However, since then the Englishman has been sent out on-loan seven times and it looks as if his time with Mourinho’s men is coming to an end.