Aston Villa sign Chelsea defender Bertrand on loan for the rest of the season

Aston Villa have signed Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand on loan until the end of the season, writes Sky Sports.

The 24-year-old has made more than 50 appearances for the west London outfit, but has found himself struggling to fully displace Ashley Cole and Cesar Azpilicueta as the Blues’ preferred left-backs. He was a regular face in the first team last season, but has featured only three times since Jose Mourinho returned to the club in the summer.

He had also been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool during the last two transfer windows, but his Stamford Bridge departure found him picking up the claret and blue at Villa Park instead.

Mourinho spoke of Bertrand’s departure, saying: “The best thing for him was to go on loan for the rest of the season because he needs to play. At the moment my optiions for left-back are Ashley Cole and Cesar Azpilicueta.

“So for Ryan we felt – and he agrees totally – that he needs to play. He’s English and young, so he’s going to Villa for the rest of the season.”

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was delighted with the new signing, saying: “Ryan brings a lot of big-game experience, not only in the Barclays Premier League but even a Champions League final which Chelsea won, so he’ll be really good for us.

“The way he plays the game and as a person, too, he’ll fit in here great and it will be good for him also to be playing games. He has real enthusiasm for the game and he’s looking forward to playing here.

“We’re grateful to Chelsea for allowing him to come here on loan and we know he’ll be really good to work with.”

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