Bertrand signs new Chelsea deal

Chelsea’s versatile Ryan Bertrand has been given a new contract which ties him to the European Champions for five years, according to the the Guardian. Chelsea see Bertrand as the long-term replacement for Ashley Cole, while manager Roberto Di Matteo has also used the full-back further forward this season.

The new contract caps a stunning year of progress with both club and country for the 23-year-old. Having spent the previous season out on loan at Nottingham Forest, Bertrand made 15 appearances in the Chelsea first team, including a surprise start in the Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich. The year has also seen international breakthroughs for the young Londoner, who became a key member of Team GB’s London Olympics team before earning his first England cap in the win over Italy last month. Indeed, Bertrand has retained his squad place for the upcoming internationals and with Cole out injured of Friday’s opener with Moldova, is vying with Everton’s Leighton Baines for a starting role.

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