Ryan Bertrand has spoken out about his future and admitted that he needs to playing regular first-team football next season.
Perceived by many as Ashley Cole’s long-term successor at Chelsea, Ryan Bertrand has been frozen out of things at Stamford Bridge since Jose Mourinho’s reappointment at the club.
A loan spell at Aston Villa has given the left-back the desired chance to play Premier League football in the second half of this term, but the defender has admitted he does not know what the future holds for him.
Bertrand, who played a part in Chelsea’s memorable 2012 Champions League success and has been in the England reckoning previously, has admitted that sitting on the bench at Stamford Bridge next season is not in his plans.
“It’s something I don’t want people to forget, I’ve had success at the highest level,” the defender told The Daily Mail.
“But, personally, I don't want to rest on my laurels, I've got the taste and it’s something I want to actively pursue. I want that again.
“At the start of this season the aim was to play first-team football and that’s the impression I was under.
“That’s the reason I was at Chelsea; I’ve never been one to just sit there and be comfortable in my surroundings.
“If you look at my record since I’ve been back at Chelsea from my loan spells (in January 2011), the games have been increasing by season – as long as I could see that I was always happy to stay
“The start of this season has been the only time when there has been quite a delay in my development. As soon as those alarm bells were ringing it was important I got out to play.
“It’s something we’ll sit down and talk about in the summer. At this stage in my career I need to be playing. To go back next year to Chelsea and sit on the bench is not what I want.
“I feel I deserve the chance to play consistently, having had the experiences that I have done under numerous managers.”
Bertrand went on to state that a move elsewhere could well be on the cards, but that he would want to play at one of the division’s best teams.
“If I was to leave Chelsea I want to stay within the best teams in the Premier League,” he continued.
“To keep my own ambitions to progress and play for England I need to be right up there, playing consistently at a decent level.”
Mourinho has largely used Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back this season, with Ashley Cole slipping out of the first-team and out of contract this summer.
The Blues have been continually been linked with new players in the position, but it remains to be seen what role Bertrand has to play at the club.