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|Full Name||Ryan Dominic Bertrand|
|Date of Birth||5 August 1989|
|Place of Birth||Southwark, London|
|Chelsea career||2005 - 2015|
|Debut||20 April 2011|
|Games (goals)||57 (2)|
|Other clubs|| Gillingham (youth)|
Oldham Athletic (loan)
Norwich City (loan)
Nottingham Forest (loan)
Aston Villa (loan)
Ryan Dominic Bertrand (born 5 August 1989 in Southwark, London, England) is a left back who previously played for Chelsea, having joined the club as a 15-year-old. He was a member of the 2012 UEFA Champions League-winning side, having made just 15 previous appearances for the first team. He joined Southampton on a permanent deal on February 2nd 2015.
Ryan joined Chelsea in the summer of 2005 for an initial fee of £125,000, with future clauses based upon personal and club success to be paid when met. Gillingham Chairman Paul Scally was not happy at the decision set via tribunal.
After making his way through the Under-18 team as one of the most impressive players of the 2005-06 season, Ryan made his first foray into professional football as a 17 year-old, heading to Bournemouth on loan in League Two along side team-mate Jack Cork. The spell would be brief, but he would return to the Fitness First Stadium later in the season after recovering from a ruptured spleen.
More loan spells followed, at Oldham Athletic in League One for the first half of the 2007-08 season, before moving up another division and joining Norwich City in The Championship for the remainder of the campaign. He impressed so much at Carrow Road that he would return for the entire duration of the 2008-09 season, but he was unable to help the Canaries avoid relegation.
His reputation wasn't tarnished though, and the 2009-10 season saw a return to the Championship with Reading, who were managed at the time by Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers, of course, had coached Ryan at both academy and reserve team levels. He became a mainstay in the Royals' team despite their poor season.
On 5 August 2010 – Ryan's 21st birthday – he was sent on the sixth loan move of his precocious career, joining Nottingham Forest until January 3rd 2011. He remained a regular in their promotion chasing side until injury ended his spell at the City Ground in December 2010.
Chelsea first team
Ryan returned to Chelsea in January 2011 to become a part of the first team squad, and made his first team debut as a second half replacement for Ashley Cole against Birmingham City on 20 April. Bertrand impressed, providing the cross for Chelsea's third goal in a 3-1 win.
At the start of the 2011-12 season, with Yuri Zhirkov having left in the summer and Patrick van Aanholt loaned to Wigan Athletic for the season, Bertrand emerged as back-up to Ashley Cole at left back. He made his second appearance for the first team in a third round League Cup tie against Fulham, playing the full match as the Blues eventually prevailed on a penalty shoot-out after extra time.
When Roberto Di Matteo was appointed Interim First Team Coach in March 2012, Ryan became entrusted with more regular first team action, culminating in a surprise start on the left wing in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final against Bayern Munich. He played 75 minutes and did well, earning himself a winner's medal in Europe's premier club competition in just his sixteenth appearance for Chelsea.
He featured on occasion during 2012-13 first under Di Matteo and then Interim Manager Rafael Benitez but struggled to earn a regular place in the team when Jose Mourinho returned to the club for the 2013-14 campaign. In January 2014 he joined Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season.
Having failed to secure a berth in Mourinho's squad during the 2014-15 pre-season, it was announced on July 30th that he would spend the forthcoming campaign on loan at Southampton. After impressing for a Saints team fighting for Champions League qualification, he joined them permanently at the end of the January transfer window.
Ryan represented England at Under-17, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 levels, before making his full debut as a late substitute in a 2-1 friendly win against Italy on 15 August 2012.
He also represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Youth Team Football
Reserve Team Football
Senior Club Football (loans)
|Season||Club||Prem||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|2010-11||Nottingham Forest (loan)||19||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||19||0|
|2013-14||Aston Villa (loan)||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||10||0|
First Team Football
|Season||Prem||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
Correct as of 1 June 2014
|1||2012-13||12 August||2012||FA Community Shield||Manchester City||2-3||2-3||Villa Park|
|2||2012-13||25 September||2012||League Cup||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2-0||6-0||Stamford Bridge|