This summer Chelsea once again let Ryan Bertrand go out on loan. Despite England caps and a start in a Champions League final Bertrand has never established himself at Stamford Bridge - but with Ashley Cole departing he might have hoped this was his opportunity.
Instead he found himself heading to Southampton on loan for the season, as a replacement for £30 million Manchester United newbie Luke Shaw.
The St Mary's switch is Bertrand's seventh loan spell away from Chelsea, with similar stints at Bournemouth, Oldham Athletic, Norwich City, Reading, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa.
And he has now opened up about his time at Chelsea and he was certainly not holding back. In Southampton's matchday programme ahead of their game with QPR yesterday he wrote:
"The situation became clear to me before I went on loan to Aston Villa (last season). I was getting those 15, 20, 25, 30-plus games a season, until I hit a stumbling block. That’s when the alarm bells rang. Before that, I had a chance to move from the club, but I was advised that I didn’t need to do that. It all unravelled in front of my eyes, and certain things didn’t make sense in terms of what certain people had said to me. All I ask for is honesty, and I didn’t get that."
Bertrand went on to discuss a potential permanent deal at Southampton, which he seems receptive to.
Southampton fans will be pleased to hear that. He has been impressive throughout the campaign and scored against QPR yesterday.
His Chelsea adventure now looks to be over, but his Southampton one is just beginning. And on the South Coast they cannot wait to see how it pans out.