In one of the more surprising moves of the January transfer window, if you can believe that considering Chelsea sold Juan Mata to Manchester United, leftback Ryan Bertrand asked to be loaned to a Premier League side for the remainder of the season. He was quickly snapped up by Paul Lambert and Aston Villa FC and he seems to be loving life and his regular football. In an interview with the club’s website, Bertrand gushed about his whole experience.
Bertrand on his loan spell at Aston Villa:
“It’s gone very well since I joined. The manager, the coaching staff and everyone attached to the club have been really warm and welcoming and it’s been really easy to settle in. The lads have made me feel welcome off the field and that makes it ever so much easy to settle into my game on the pitch too. It’s a young and hungry squad and that works in our favour because I have seen that the team spirit has been fantastic since the day I walked in. It’s a very warm experience here. The fans have been fantastic with me as well.”
With his long term place at Chelsea Football Club looking more and more doubtful with every new signing the club brings in, Bertrand was smart to look for greener pastures as far as first team football goes. He still hopes to be selected for the England squad traveling to Rio De Janeiro for the World Cup and if he continues to impress he may very well be chosen. Bertrand still has much to proved to both Roy Hodgson and Jose Mourinho but his versatility will make him hard for either manager to ignore. At the same time, if Villa does come to Chelsea with a significant offer, it would be hard to turn it down.
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