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Ryan Dominic Bertrand (born 5 August 1989) is an English footballer who plays for Chelsea as a left back.

Bertrand began his career at Gillingham, before being signed by Chelsea in July 2005. After graduating from the Chelsea youth system, Bertrand was sent on to loan to various club between 2006 and 2010. He made his debut for Chelsea six years after joining them, coming on as a substitute against Birmingham City on 20 April 2011. At the start of the 2011–12 season, Bertrand signed a new four-year contract with Chelsea and was made understudy to Ashley Cole. On 19 May 2012, Bertrand made his European debut in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final starting in an unfamiliar left wing role in front of Cole. He became the first player to make his Champions League debut in the final.

Ryan Bertrand

Ryan Bertrand's European debut finishes with him holding the European Cup.

Club career

Youth career

He joined Gillingham aged nine, progressing through their youth system.

Chelsea

Bertrand was signed by Chelsea in July 2005 from Gillingham for an initial £125,000, which was set by a tribunal and is subject to increase depending on progress.

Loan spells

During the 2006–07 season, he was twice sent on loan to Bournemouth, at the same time as former Chelsea youngster Jack Cork. He suffered a ruptured spleen in a youth team game against Arsenal that ruled him out of the later part of that season.

In August 2007, Bertrand joined Oldham Athletic on loan until January 2008.

On 4 January 2008, a matter of days after his spell at Oldham came to an end, Bertrand joined Norwich City on loan for the rest of the 2007–08 season. He put in a number of impressive displays playing at both left full back and on the left wing, and admitted he would welcome a longer stay with the club. Bertrand became popular with the Carrow Road crowd earning him the nickname 'Plastic' in reference to the Belgian singer Plastic Bertrand. On 4 July 2008, he rejoined the club on loan until January 2009, with an option to extend to the end of the season. On 17 July 2009, Bertrand joined Reading on a season-long loan. He scored his first professional goal against Derby County on 10 March 2010. He came third in the voting for Reading's player of the season, behind Gylfi Sigurðsson and Jimmy Kébé.

On 5 August 2010, Bertrand signed an on loan with Championship side Nottingham Forest in an initial six-month deal. He made his debut for Forest as a substitute in the 1–0 away defeat against Burnley. He was a regular for Forest for whom he made a total of 19 appearances. Forest were interested in either extending Bertrand's loan spell for the rest of the season or sign him permanently but when his loan period expired on 3 January 2011 he returned to his parent club Chelsea.

Return to Chelsea

Bertrand made his league debut on 20 April 2011, when he came on as substitute to replace Ashley Cole in a 3–1 win against Birmingham City. Betrand also assisted a goal, provided a cross, which Florent Malouda headed past Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster. On 15 July 2011, Bertrand signed a new four-year contract with Chelsea. He was used as a back-up to Ashley Cole by then Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas, as he remained with Chelsea and left back Patrick Van Aanholt went out on loan. Six years after signing for Chelsea as a school-boy, Bertrand made his first starting appearance against Fulham in the League Cup. The match finished in favour of Chelsea, who won on penalties 4–3, as the match ended goalless.

During the 2011–12 season, Bertrand played 90 minutes in Chelsea's 2–0 defeat against Liverpool in the League Cup. He made his first league appearance of the season coming on as a late substitute for Ashley Cole against Everton, the game ended in a 2–0 defeat for Chelsea. Bertrand was handed his first Premier League start against Wigan Athletic on 7 April, in which he produced an outstanding performance, as Chelsea won 2–1 and he was named fan's Man of the Match. He started again against Arsenal, on 21 April, his third Premier League start. The game finished 0–0. Once again he continued to impress, winning the Barclays Man of the Match award. On 5 May, Bertrand won the FA Cup with Chelsea, but he did not appear on the pitch in the win against Liverpool.

Bertrand made his European debut in the Champions League final against FC Bayern Munich on 19 May 2012, playing left-midfield, becoming the first player in the Champions League era to make his debut in the final. He was substituted with a knock after 70 minutes and replaced by Florent Malouda as Chelsea edged out Bayern 4-3 on penalties.

International career

Bertrand has represented England at under-17, under-18, under-19, Under-20 and under-21 levels. He was part of the U19 squad at the 2008 European Championships. He was promoted to the U21s and called up for several 2009 European Championship qualifiers, but missed out of the final tournament squad. On 14 November Stuart Pearce picked him as left back for U21 qualifier at Wembley vs Portugal and helped the team keep first clean sheet since 29 June 2009. He was named in the England under-21 squad for the 2011 European Championships and played all matches.

Honours

  • FA Cup: 2012
  • UEFA Champions League: 2012
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