Ryan Bertrand Turns Down Southampton Contract Offer
Wednesday, 12th May 2021 09:07
According to media reports Ryan Bertrand's representatives has informed the club that with negotiations stalled on a new deal he will now leave the club at the end of the season after 7 years at the club.
Media outlet HampshireLive are reporting that they have been told that Ryan Bertrand's agents have now informed the club that he will not be signing the offer on the table and that with the club unlikely to make an improved offer for a player who will turn 32 before the start of next season t is now looking certain that the left back will leave St Mary's after 7 years.
Ralph Hasenhuttl told HampshireLive that the 32-year-old was still to sign the contract that the club had put in front of him with his terms now into their final two months.
They also claim that they were told separately that Saints made it clear to Bertrand that the time would soon come for them to withdraw their offer - and talks are now close to collapse.
The sticking point seems to be the length of the contract , although no one on either side will confirm or deny this it seems that the club are offering him a two year deal whilst the player himself wants 3 years, perhaps with the final year seeing him start to move more towards a role in the executive side of the club, Bertrand has expressed publicly that he sees his future in the game in the boardroom not on the training pitch.
Indeed he has in the past made clear that he would be happy to stay with Saints until his retirement, after which he is eyeing a career in the boardroom.
But Saints who have spent the last few years seeing transfer plans hampered financially by a number of players on high wages who are unable to get in the first team seem to want to avoid that situation with Bertrand.
They seem to feel that they will take the risk that he has another couple of years left in him, but that it is unlikely that he will be still able to play to the high standards needed in the Premier League as he approaches 35.
Even the biggest fan of Bertrand might concede they would have a point, Bertrand's game is a very high octane way of playing , central defenders, holding midfielders and centre forwards can adapt as their legs start to go, but for full backs/wing backs it is not quite so easy.
There will be those that take Bertrand's decision as a snub to Saints, but I think if he does leave then he should do so with the gratitude of all Saints supporters , since joining the club initially on loan in the summer of 2014 and then converted to a permanent deal in January 2015 for a fee of around £10 million he has been an excellent signing.
It may be that he does not play another game for the club Ralph Hasenhuttl has stated that his absence from the team at the moment is injury related and nothing to do with contract talks, but with only 3 games left even if Bertrand recovers for these fixtures it is likely Ralph will stick with those who will be here next season.
If that is the case Bertrand will end his time at St Mary's having started 213 Premier League games for Saints plus another as sub scoring 7 times, he also played in various cup competitions including 3 semi finals and 1 final adding another 20 starts and 1 off the bench as well as another goal to his tally.
This being the case Ryan Bertrand deserves to be spoken of as a Saints legend, a consistent performer who would challenge for the left back spot in a Greatest ever Saints XI.
Of course he would face stiff competition as it is a position that we have been blessed in over the years, but in the last half a century in that position only David Peach and Francis Benali have played more games and in the modern day game players who rack up over 200 appearances for a club are becoming a rarity
Photo: Action Images
Please report offensive, libellous or inappropriate posts by using the links provided.
You need to login in order to post your comments
Blogs 31 bloggers
Letters from Wiltshire #48 by wessex_exile
“And now the end is near, and so we face the final curtain…regrets, we’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention”. Not quite right Paul Anka, probably more than a few, but otherwise a fair assessment of where the U’s are today. It’ll be interesting to see how we perform with the relegation monkey finally off their back – I’m not expecting miracles, particularly with Tranmere needing at least a point to guarantee making the play-offs, but they’ll certainly be more nervous than we will be, so can we make that count? This will be my last blog of the season, and not yet sure what I may or may not do for next season, but suggestions are always welcome.
Letters from Wiltshire #47 by wessex_exile
Here we are, at the penultimate game of the season, and our last game in front of the cardboard U’s faithful at the JobServe. It has been a long, difficult, and definitely strange season, which frankly I’ll be glad to see the back of. That’ll we’ll be here again in August is definitely going to be something to celebrate, but I suspect we’re facing a summer of significant rebuilding both on the pitch, and possibly off it too. I won’t be the only one, but the biggest oddity for me has been being able to watch every single game – not always easy viewing, but something I’ve never done before, and probably never will again. But it doesn’t really make up for not being there in person, the long train journey away-days, meeting fellow U’s and other supporters, and of course sharing a beer or three. Fingers-crossed we can return to the terraces in 2021/22.
Letters from Wiltshire #46 by wessex_exile
That was quite a week for us all then. In the space of four short but remarkably tense days we have gone from having to take shoes and socks off to check how many more points we need to guarantee survival, or whether we would even achieve it, to breathing a huge sigh of relief knowing we’re almost there. But close of play this afternoon, whether by our own actions or the failure of others, I am sure survival will be confirmed. Of course, Tuesday night not only all but guaranteed it, it also virtually condemned local rivals Southend United to non-league football for the foreseeable. Looking at the host of fully professional former football league sides currently battling it out for the two promotion slots out of the National league (including Hartlepool, Torquay, Stockport, Wrexham, Chesterfield and Notts County), it is not going to be a walk in the park for Southend to return any day soon.
Letters from Wiltshire #45 by wessex_exile
Tonight, Colchester United face Southend United in what may not necessarily be the most important game of our respective histories (though it’s certainly very close), but is almost certainly the most important Essex derby ever. However this season pans out, by the end of it there’ll either be only one team in Essex, or worst case scenario, none at all. If the U’s win, then Southend will be 9pts behind with just three games to go, and a minimum of a -12 goal difference to overturn if they want to overtake us. Certainly mathematically possible, but that would rely on a remarkable turnaround in their form, form that they’ve shown precious little sign of achieving so far this season. The stalking horse is Grimsby, with their game in hand, who have rather belatedly shown an improvement in form, so their match against automatic promotion chasing Morecambe tonight is equally important, particularly if we want to avoid the unthinkable, with both Essex clubs dropping out of the league.
Letters from Wiltshire #44 by wessex_exile
So here we are, as the nation mourns the passing of His Royal Highness, Duke of Edinburgh, the U’s face the first of two season-defining moments, with our late kick-off match at home to Walsall. Before then, no doubt many will have been focused on events elsewhere, not least the early kick-offs for Grimsby (at home to promotion-chasing Bolton Wanderers), and particularly Essex rivals Southend United, who faced a tricky visit to Exeter City – still very much in the hunt for at least a play-off spot. As I finalise this blog, I know that Grimsby have beaten Bolton 2-1, and Southend earned a credible 0-0 draw in the West Country. More to the point, the U’s will know this too. Whilst I can’t help but feel that will ought to be to our advantage, it surely must also put additional pressure on a squad whose confidence is paper-thin. We must hope that Hayden Mullins, assisted by Paul Tisdale, get their heads right, and send the lads out this evening fired up with self-belief.
[ Vote here ]