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Aston Villa capture Chelsea left back Ryan Bertrand as Lambert denies interest in Defour.

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Champions League medalist Ryan Bertrand. 

24-year-old Bertrand has played 56 times in just under 9-years at Stamford Bridge after signing from Gillingham of a fee of £125,000. Despite the lack of games, the full England international has got his name on a lot of prestigious awards, including the a Champions League winners medal. Due to the number of suspension Chelsea had going into the final, Ryan Bertrand found himself in the starting 11. He was played in left wing role, putting in an admirable performance in the 73 mintues he was on the pitch. He has also claimed an FA Cup and Europa League winners medal to add to his collection.

Manager Paul Lambert denied that Aston Villa were one of the clubs chasing highly-rated Belgian Steven Defour.

25-year-old Defour had previously been linked with a move to Villa park and according to the player's agent, the West Midlands side were one of the teams interested. However, in a recent interview manager Paul Lambert denied all talk of the player and insisted that he has heard nothing of it, claiming ''No, there's nothing in that. I've not seen that one''. The news will come as a blow to Villa fans who had hoped to be seeing the Belgian don the claret and blue shirt. The Belgium has been a part of Porto's last two league winning campaigns since moving from Standard Leige for €6m in 2011.

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Aston Villa have allowed more of their promising young talent go, with Jack Grealish extending his stay in the East Midlands with Notts County and Republic of Ireland youth International Michael Drennan joining Carlisle on an initial one month loan. Both players are highly-rated at Aston Villa and the next stage of their career will be to prove themselves in League One, before stepping up a level or maybe even two levels next season.

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