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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Bertrand pens new deal

ESPN staff

Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand has signed a new five-year contract with the club.

Bertrand, 23, has impressed new manager Roberto Di Matteo since he took over from Andre Villas-Boas, and was a surprising starter in last season's Champions League victory - the first player ever to make his debut in the final.

The defender was part of the Great Britain Olympics squad and also made his full England debut in August's 2-1 friendly win over Italy.

Bertrand can also operate in midfield, and has been utilised in a left-wing position this season.

London-born Bertrand came through the club's youth academy and has enjoyed loan spells with Nottingham Forest and Reading before making his breakthrough into the Stamford Bridge first-team.

Gary Cahill believes international and club team-mate Bertrand is set for a massive future.

"I think people are just starting to sit up and realise how good a player he is from the couple of spells he had at the end of last year and to be thrown into the Champions League final and start.

"He has got a great reputation, especially at our club, and is going to have a massive future, that's for sure.''

Ashley Cole is the current first-choice left-back for both England and Chelsea, but with the former Arsenal man injured, Bertrand will battle it out with Leighton Baines to start against against Moldova in the opening World Cup qualifier on Friday.

"It only benefits him coming here with England and seeing the likes of Bainsey and obviously training with Ashley,'' Cahill said.

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