On-loan Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand has refused to rule out making his temporary move to Aston Villa a permanent one in the Summer as he is desperate for regular game-time.
The English left-back has played second-fiddle to Ashley Cole for several seasons now at Stamford Bridge, and with reports suggesting that Southampton’s Luke Shaw could be on his way to The Bridge in the Summer, Bertrand’s first-team opportunities may still be limited under Jose Mourinho.
The 24-year-old is now enjoying a loan spell at Villa Park under Paul Lambert and when questioned about his future, he refused to rule out making his loan move a permanent one.
“I’m just here to concentrate on each game as it comes and to get back playing regularly,” Bertrand told The Birmingham Mail.
“I’ll leave all that stuff until the end of the season.
“You can’t rule anything out. It’s important, first and foremost, that my performances are good enough. I need to concentrate on each game.
“I’ve settled in quite easily. It’s fortunate, to be fair, because I know half the team through England at younger ages. It has been good. It’s great to be involved in a derby for my first home game.”
When questioned about Bertrand, Lambert admitted that he was delighted to have him at the squad, but was then cautious about when asked whether the deal could be made a permanent one.
“He’s Chelsea’s player and we’re thankful to them for letting him come here,” Lambert said.
“What Ryan’s value is I haven’t a clue. He’s played in the biggest club competition and won it so he knows how to do it.
“That’s the main thing, the value of him. If you are buying him you’re not buying a novice, you’re buying someone who has won the European Cup and I’m pretty sure they won’t come cheap.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles