Liverpool bid for Chelsea’s Bertrand is rejected

Liverpool have had an approach for Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand rebuffed, according to The Telegraph.

While the terms of the offer are presently unknown, Chelsea do not want to sell a defender they have such high hopes for in the long term. Bertrand currently serves as understudy to Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge, and Liverpool are thought to have wanted to tempt him to Anfield with the offer of immediate first team football.

However, Bertrand himself is thought to be keen to remain in London, with the ideal scenario being that he will succeed Cole and both club and country level.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is believed to want more world-class talent to be emerging from Chelsea’s youth system, and Bertrand is thought to have the potential to emulate John Terry and become a long-standing first team regular.

The 23-year-old said: “I want to be Chelsea’s number one left-back, and when that time comes it will happen. All I can do is be ready and keep playing, keep biding my time. It won’t be: ‘As soon as Ash goes, there we are, it’s mine.’ The work will still be there to do.”

The rejection means manager Brendan Rodgers must now continue in his efforts to shore up his defence in the hopes of becoming tight enough to get into the Champions League.

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