16/07/2021; 1:20 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Premier League club Leicester City has completed the signing of Ryan Bertrand on a two-year transfer.
Bertrand, who became a free agent after letting his Southampton contract run out, becomes Leicester’s third summer signing. The foxes completed signing midfielder Boubakary Soumare from Lille for a fee of £23 million, with forward Patson Daka from Red Bull Salzburg also joining the club for a price similar to Soumare’s.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers previously worked with the 31-year old former Southampton player when they were both at Chelsea. Rodgers was Chelsea’s reserve team coach while Bertrand was playing for the reserve team.
On completing his Leicester move, Bertrand told the club he was happy to be at the club. He also commended the club’s growth over the years, especially in the period Rodgers took over as manager. The former Chelsea and Southampton player vowed to give his all to ensure the fans are proud of him.
With James Justin nursing a severe injury and the departure of Christian Fuchs, Rodgers sees Bertrand as the player who will give Luke Thomas the competition he so much desires.
Ryan Bertrand is famous for making his UEFA Champions League debut in the final of the competition. He was part of the Chelsea team that, against all odds, defeated Barcelona and Bayern Munich en route to winning the 2011/12 Champions League, which was the English club’s maiden title. In that season, Bertrand became the first player to make his Champions League debut in the final of the competition when Chelsea defeated Bayern 4-3 on penalties.
In October 2019, Ryan Bertrand also became the first player in the history of the Premier League to be sent off by the VAR. The left-back was playing for Southampton against Leicester, who would eventually become his next employer.
Bertrand had made a reckless tackle on Ayoze Perez in the 12th minute of that game and was initially given a yellow card. The decision was later overturned by the VAR and upgraded to a straight red. Leicester ended up winning that game 9-0.
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Source: DAILY MAIL