Southampton have confirmed that Arsenal-linked full-back Ryan Bertrand will go away in the summertime when his contract expires.
The left-back joined Southampton in 2015 from Chelsea after a number of mortgage spells away from Stamford Bridge. Nevertheless, he has loved long-term stability since then, racking up 240 appearances for the Saints. Together with his present deal coming to an in depth on the finish of the marketing campaign, although, a choice was looming over his future.
Southampton confirmed on Wednesday that the 31-year-old will go away the south coast membership.
An announcement on the membership’s official website learn: “Everybody related to Southampton want to thank Ryan for his contribution to the historical past of the membership, and for all of the reminiscences he has helped create for our followers.
“He’ll ceaselessly be welcome at St Mary’s and Staplewood and can all the time be a Saint.”
Bertrand has proved a significant determine for the Saints since his transfer and was rewarded in 2012 with an England debut.
He went on to choose up 18 additional caps however dropped out of the group in 2017.
However, his home contributions have proved constant; the full-back has performed 29 of 35 Premier League matches this time period.
As such, he reportedly attracted the attention of Arsenal within the January switch window.
The Gunners might be on the lookout for a brand new full-back this summer time, with Hector Bellerin’s future unsure. Whereas the Spaniard operates on the fitting, Bertrand has stuffed in there as soon as this season.
In actual fact, one pundit believes that Bertrand could be a stable acquisition for under-fire supervisor Mikel Arteta.
Pundit backs Bertrand, Arsenal switch
Talking earlier than the Gunners’ Europa League exit to Villarreal, Michael Thomas mentioned: “I believe Arteta wants to complete the season on a excessive with the Europa League and attempt to get extra of his personal gamers built-in into the group.
“If then he can’t get his group of gamers to carry out then Arsenal as a membership should resolve the place they go from there.
“I’d say a minimal of 5 signings are wanted: a right-back (Achraf Hakimi), left-back (Ryan Bertrand), central midfield (Yves Bissouma and Martin Odegaard), and a left winger.”