Chelsea loan star hints at permanent exit - would he be missed?

Ryan Bertrand

Chelsea left back Ryan Bertrand has suggested that unless he is made first choice left back at Stamford Bridge, he could leave the club.

Bertrand is currently enjoying a loan spell at Premier League rivals Aston Villa, and his impressive displays at Villa Park have led to Blues boss Jose Mourinho insisting that the 24-year-old can still become a star in West London - despite being third choice behind Cesar Azpilicueta and Ashley Cole in the pecking order.

And now, with rumours circling that Villa are interested in making the England international's temporary stay a permanent one, Bertrand says the he needs to be first choice wherever he plays having sat on the sidelines at Stamford Bridge for too long.

“It’s flattering to hear what Jose Mourinho said but there’s no more waiting around for me in terms of wanting to be a Chelsea player,” Bertrand said. “Come the summer I need to be the No.1 left-back, wherever that will be. I have ambitions but I have to be realistic as well. I will sit down and consider all my options.

“Staying here [at Villa] isn’t something I would rule out. I’ve had years of playing but since I was 17 I have been on loan, basically. I’ve spent the past few years at Chelsea, in and out of the team, and the experience I’ve gained from that is I’m happy just playing.

“That’s what it comes down to in football. If you’re getting the respect from your peers that you deserve, that means a lot," he concluded.

With Ashley Cole's contract expiring at the end of the season, Bertrand could have a chance to fight for the role in the first team, but Azpilicueta's displays at left back have been superb throughout the season, and Chelsea's interest in Southampton starlet Luke Shaw could spell the end for Bertrand's career at Stamford Bridge.

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