Southampton announce permanent signing of Chelsea left back Ryan Bertrand

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Southampton have confirmed left back Ryan Bertrand has signed for the club on a permanent basis.

Southampton have announced the permanent deal for Chelsea left back Ryan Bertrand tonight.

Bertrand, 25, joined the Saints from Chelsea last summer as the replacement for Manchester United's Luke Shaw, and has made Saints fans forget about the England international very quickly.

With two goals and two assists to his name this season, Bertrand has been a key part of a Southampton defence which has conceded just 17 goals this season - the fewest in the Premier League.

Given that he was only on loan for the season though, Bertrand's future has been up in the air, with Southampton keen to keep him for the long-term.

Now they've secured that, with Ronald Koeman wrapping up a deal to keep Bertrand at St. Mary's Stadium until 2019, with Bertrand signing a four-and-a-half year contract on the South Coast.

Fans will no doubt be delighted to keep hold of Bertrand, even if he can't play in the next three games after being sent off against Swansea City on Sunday.

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