It was hardly the biggest news story of the January transfer window, but in what was surely a massive moment for Southampton fans, the club managed to sign full-back Ryan Bertrand on a permanent deal from Chelsea.
The defender had spent the first half of the season on loan at St Mary’s and after producing several outstanding performances it was clear that Saints boss Ronald Koeman wanted the 25-year-old to sign a contract.
Speaking in his first press conference as a Southampton player, Bertrand reveals that while he has fond memories of his time at Chelsea, it wasn’t “too difficult to leave.”
Bertrand added he was interested in joining permanently after he realised the ‘stability’ and ‘transparency’ offered by the club:
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Bertrand was sent off during Southampton’s 1-0 loss against Swansea, meaning the player will miss games against QPR, West Ham and Liverpool.