Bertrand happy to sign new deal with ‘forward-thinking’ Saints

Date published: Tuesday 12th July 2016 3:19

Ryan Bertrand: Committed to Saints

Ryan Bertrand: Pens new five-year deal

Ryan Bertrand has committed his future to Southampton, after agreeing a new five-year deal to keep him at the Saints until 2021.

The left-back has been one of the stand-out performers for the Saints since joining the club from Chelsea in 2014.

Last season Bertrand made 34 appearances as he helped Southampton to a club-record sixth-place finish in the Premier League and gained qualification for the group stages of the UEFA Europa League.

Bertrand’s first season at St Mary’s was another stellar campaign, as he was named in the 2014/15 Premier League PFA Team of the Year.

The 26-year-old joins Virgil van Dijk, Fraser Forster, James Ward-Prowse and Steven Davis in signing new deals at the club in the last few months as they club look to develop on their recent success.

Speaking about his new deal, Bertrand said: “I’m very pleased. It’s been a fantastic move for me since the day I came to this club and I look forward to many more successful years and really pushing forward.

“I’ve enjoyed my football here. I’ve really enjoyed the club, and the fans have been fantastic with me personally as well, so I couldn’t think of any better place to play football and to keep on developing.

“The club is always thinking forward and I really want to be a part of that, and I am sure we can go on to achieve even better things.”

Southampton’s executive director of football Les Reed said: “Signing our key players for the long-term is an indication that the squad believes there is more to come and they want to be part of the journey.

“I know Ryan really believes this, and with him as part of the driving force behind our team I am confident our future is bright.

“Our young players will have an opportunity under our new manager, Claude Puel, but they will also need, and benefit from, the guidance and mentoring from players like Ryan.”

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