Ryan Bertrand, the Chelsea player currently on loan at Southampton, has hit out at his parent club, accusing them of ‘dishonesty’.
The Stamford Bridge outfit have an astonishing 26 players currently out on loan leading to concerns that they are hanging onto talented youngsters but not giving them opportunities.
Bertrand himself has been loaned out 9 times to 7 different clubs, a situation that has surely hindered the development of his career. The 25-year-old had finally started to make progress prior to the arrival of Jose Mourinho, appearing in the 2012 Champions League final and enjoying some decent game time in the 2012/13 season.
However, he has found himself on the fringes again ever since the return of the Special One, a situation he was understandably frustrated with. He took aim at the Blues accusing them of dishonesty, implying they were stringing him along with no intention of offering him first team football. He was reported in The Mirror as saying:
“The situation became clear to me before I went on loan to Aston Villa (last season). I was getting those 15, 20, 25, 30-plus games a season, until I hit a stumbling block. That’s when the alarm bells . Before that, I had a chance to move from the club, but I was advised that I didn’t need to do that. It all unravelled in front of my eyes, and certain things didn’t make sense in terms of what certain people had said to me. All I ask for is honesty, and I didn’t get that.”
Luckily he feels much more at home at Southampton, for whom he scored his first goal during Saturday’s win against QPR, and may look to make the loan move permanent. He enthused:
“I wanted to be in a situation where the club is looking for the same things. In a way, me as a person and Southampton as a football club are quite similar. We’re both striving to do great things.”
He shared the widespread amazement at the Saints’ excellent start to the season:
“It’s strange just how positive it has been. It’s almost hard to believe how well the new boys have settled in.”
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.