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Ryan Dominic Bertrand (born 5 August 1989) is an Englishmarker professional footballer currently with Reading, on loan from Chelsea. He is a fast, attacking left-back, converted from a winger.

Career

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

During the 2006-07 season he was twice sent on loan to Bournemouth, at the same time as fellow 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 Belgium 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 another season-long loan..

International Career

He was selected for the England U19s team for their first round of qualifying matches for the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. Bertrand played for England Under-17s, Under-19s and is now a member of the Under-21 squad.

References

  1. Chelsea Youngster Ryan Bertrand Joins Reading


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