Ryan Bertrand is an English left-back who was born in Southwark, London on 5th August 1989. Bertrand played at Gillingham at junior level before being snapped up by Chelsea in 2005 as part of the club's aggressive youth drive. A tribunal set the fee at £125,000, plus add-ons.
Bertrand signed for Bournemouth on loan a few months into the 2006/07 season, alongside Chelsea teammate Jack Cork. The full-back made his senior debut on 3rd November 2006 in a 4-2 defeat at Swansea. He played seven times for the Cherries before suffering a ruptured spleen later in the season in a youth game against Arsenal.
In August 2007 Bertrand joined League One outfit Oldham on loan until January 2008. It was there he caught the attention of Championship coaches. Bertrand moved to Norwich on a temporary basis on 4th January 2008, making his debut the next day as a substitute in a 1-1 cup draw against Bury. The player settled in well at Carrow Road, making 20 appearances. Bertrand returned to Norwich for another loan spell for the 2008/09 season, despite reported interest from Premier League newcomers Hull. He could do nothing to stop the Canaries from getting relegated. Bertrand broke into the England U21 squad the same campaign, having previously represented his country at U20, U19, U18 and U17 level.
Bertrand's former Chelsea coach Brendan Rodgers took the player to Reading for 2009/10. Rodgers left The Royals in December, but Bertrand's form didn't suffer. The former Gillingham man helped pull Reading away from relegation danger all the way up to 9th. He came third in the voting for player of the season. On 10th March 2010 Bertrand scored his first senior goal in a 4-1 win against Derby.
Bertrand had a six month spell at Nottingham Forest at the start of the 2010/11 season. Forest were said to be interested in extending his stay at the City Ground, but a deal was never completed. He returned to Chelsea in January 2011. Bertrand made his Stamford Bridge debut on 20th April 2011 as a substitute for Ashley Cole in a 3-1 win against Birmingham.
Bertrand remained at Chelsea for the entire 2011/12 campaign. He was on the fringes of the first team squad, appearing mostly in cup games early on. Bertrand was voted man of the match in his first Premier League start against Wigan on 7th April 2012. He impressed caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo, earning more minutes on the pitch at the end of a difficult league season which saw Chelsea finish 6th. Bertrand was surprisingly named in the starting line-up for the Champions League final clash against Bayern Munich on 19th May 2012. The full-back put in a very commendable display before coming off in the 73rd minute for Florent Malouda. Bertrand picked up a winners medal at the end of the night on his European debut, following Chelsea's shootout victory.
Bertrand remained a semi-regular at The Bridge throughout 2012/13. He scored in the Community Shield defeat against Manchester City on 12th August 2012. Three days later he made his full England debut in a 2-1 friendly win over Italy. Bertrand was in the thick of the action, clearing a shot off the line.
Bertrand started Chelsea's first two Premier League games against Wigan and Newcastle, and also appeared as a very late sub in the European Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid on 31st August 2012. In September 2012 he signed a new five year contract at Chelsea. Bertrand celebrated with a goal in the 6-0 League Cup demolition of Wolves. He won his second England cap against Ukraine on 11th September 2012. Bertrand remained a semi-regular throughout 2012/13, making 40 appearances in all competitions.
Bertrand dropped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge during 2013/14 following Jose Mourinho's return to the managerial hot seat. He made his only league start for Chelsea that season in a 4-1 win over Cardiff in September. Bertrand also featured in League Cup matches at Swindon and Arsenal before joining Aston Villa on loan in January. The full-back looked steady as Villa's season petered out in mid-table. He was slightly fortunate not to give a penalty away against Southampton in a 0-0 draw on April 19th.
On 30th July 2014 Bertrand signed for Southampton on an initial loan deal. The transfer came as a big surprise to most fans, given there was no mention of it in the media during the preceding weeks. Bertrand went straight into the Saints side that travelled to Brighton on 31st July 2014, and completed 45 minutes of the 3-0 win. He made his competitive debut at Anfield on 17th August. Liverpool were rumoured to be after Bertrand before he completed his move to St Mary's. The player quickly impressed fans with his consistent displays. Bertrand proved to be equally adept at the back as he was going forward. He scored his first Saints goal in the 2-1 win over QPR on 27th September 2014. Bertrand notched his second - a cool finish at Palace - on 26th December 2014.
On 2nd February 2015 Bertrand made his switch to Southampton permanent. The former Chelsea man moved for a fee believed to be in the region of £10,000,000, signing a contract until 2019. A day earlier he picked up a three match ban after receiving a red card against Swansea.