On 4th January 2008, Norwich City signed 18 year old Chelsea
left-back Ryan Bertrand on loan until the end of the 2007/8 season
Bertrand, a Chelsea trainee, had made appearances in Chelsea
Reserves and had one England U19 cap at the time. He had spent
three spells on loan - two with Bournemouth in 2006/7 and the
first half of the 2007/8 season with League One side Oldham Athletic,
where he made 22 appearances.
Glenn Roeder is quoted on the Canaries'
official site as saying: "We have been following Ryan
at Oldham and we've been very impressed. We believe he can step
up to the Championship and help us to pick up as many points as
He comes to me highly recommended, said Roeder.
As always I make sure I do my homework. I asked a lot
of people, including, although he might not have seen a lot of
Ryan around the place, Joe Cole, who I am very close to at Chelsea.
He said, 'Glenn everything I have seen or heard has been very
positive that Ryan's got a big future in the game', and he did
extremely well at Oldham. Mark Crossley, his goalkeeper at Oldham
who Lee Clark is very close to, we quizzed
him about Ryan and everything was good. Robert
Fleck, who scouts for the club now, watched him at Southend
and said he was probably the outstanding player on the pitch,
and ready to step up to Championship level. Frank Arnesen (Chelsea
sporting director) told me there were at least three other Championship
clubs that wanted to take Ryan, but Frank was particularly keen
because of the experience that Jimmy
(Smith) had here to point Ryan in our direction. It is good
news for the club that young players want to come and further
their careers at Norwich City.
Bertrand provides instant competition for Mo
Camara, who was brought in in November to cover for long-term
injury absentee Adam Drury.
Ryan Bertrand added: "I'm really looking forward to playing
for such a big club as Norwich City. I knew Norwich had been looking
at me over the last month or so and once I heard they wanted me
having only come back from my loan at Oldham yesterday, then I
was straight up here. It's brilliant to get a chance to play here
and I see it as the next stage of my career."
Ryan made his full City debut in the 3-1 away win at Barnsley
on 12th January 2008. He finished the season with 20 appearances
and a regular spot in the first team.
A variety of papers reported on 29th June 2006 that Bertrand
was a target for Premiership new boys Hull City. Instead, Bertrand
was loaned again to Norwich on 4th July 2008, initially until
January but Glenn Roeder stated: There is a possibility,
after speaking to [Chelsea sporting director] Frank Arnesen, that
he will be able to stay the whole year.
Ryan made 40 appearances for City during 2008/9 but missed the
final day of the season clash at Charlton where a 4-2 defeat saw
In July 2009, Ryan was loaned out again, this time joining Reading
who are managed by former Chelsea youth and reserve team coach
Brendan Rodgers. He made 51 appearances for Reading
On 5th August 2010, Ryan was loaned for six months to Notts Forest,
becoming their first signing of the summer.
In mid December 2010, it was reported that Forest were keen to
make Bertrands loan permanent. 'There are two options,
one is to extend and one is to buy him and I've made my recommendation,'
said Forest boss Billy Davies. 'We'll wait and see what happens
- we're looking at all options. It's in the hands of other people.
In any great side you build from the back and that is very important.
We'll see what develops. We'll keep asking the questions.'
Bertrand retured to Chelsea when his loan expired on 3rd January
2011 - he had made 19 appearances for Forest.
In June 2011, Ryan was linked by The Mirror with a loan
move to Swansea for the 2011/12 season, He made his breakthrough
into the Chelsea first team at the end of the 2010/11 season
Bertrand made his European debut for Chelsea in the Champions
League Final against Bayern Munich on 19th May 2012, playing in
the starting XI and putting in a good performance although substituted
late in the game. Chelsea won the final on penalties after extra
On 2nd July 2012, Ryan was named in Team GB's football squad
for the 2012 London Olympics. He played in four games during the
2012 Games. On 15th August 2012, he made his debut for the England
senior team in a friendly against Italy, ending in a 21
win. In his second international appearance, Bertrand came on
after 73 mins against Ukraine and crossed the ball that led to
the penalty that Frank Lampard converted.
He was called up in October for the World Cup qualifying games
against San Marino and Poland but was sent home by the England
medical squad suffering from a virus. Riled by suggestions his
withdrawal from the England squad was due to a "sore throat",
he posted on Twitter that his illness was more serious than had
been suggested, adding: "Do you think a 'sore throat' could
stop me being a part of a match for my club or country? #yourfuckingnuts
this is what every boy dreams of." The message was subsequently
deleted, an apology issued and his account appears to have been
closed. The outburst came three days after the FA spoke with England's
players at St George's Park about a new code of conduct. Yet,
while the timing was unfortunate, there is sympathy within the
England set-up for Bertrand's sense of frustration and the player
will not be punished for his remark. "It's another reminder
of how careful players have to be but his sentiments were laudable,"
said the England manager, Roy Hodgson. "They showed how
much he wants to play for England and he was a bit irritated that
someone suggested he doesn't play when he gets a sore throat.
His choice of words was wrong. But I'm pleased he has apologised
for it. It reminds us how unbelievably careful players of his
profile have to be.
In July 2013, he was linked with a switch to Liverpool but opted
to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight to succeed Ashley Cole as
Chelsea's first choice left back.
After making just three appearances for Chelsea in the 2013/14
season under new manager Jose Mourinho, Bertrand was allowed to
join Paul Lambert's Aston Villa on 17th
January 2014 on loan until the end of the 2013/14 season. He made
his debut the following day in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool as did
fellow loan signing Grant Holt..
In total Bertrand made 16 appearances for Villa.
On 17th May 2014 a number of newspapers linked Bertrand with
a £7million switch to Liverpool.
On 30th July 2014, Bertrand joined Southampton on a season long
loan from Chelsea. According to the Press Association, there is
an option for Southampton to make the deal permanent for up to
£10m. His arrival was seen by Saints fan as evidence of
a lack of ambition, replacing the promising England international
Luke Shaw with a journeyman player on his ninth loan spell from
Chelsea. However Bertrand flourished at St Mary's in 2014/15 and
by the end of January 2015 had played 26 games, scoring twice
as Southampton challenge for a Champions League place. Southampton
signed him for £10million on 2nd February 2015, making him
the fourth most expensive British transfer of the Winter 2015
Bertrand was recalled to the England sqaud for the 31st March
2015 friendly against Italy. He remained in the squad and was selected in the final 23 man squad for the European Championship in France in the summer of 2016. he played in their third group game, a draw against Slovakia on 20th June 2016.