Saturday, August 10, 2013

Bertrand eyeing regular place in Chelsea first team

Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand is determined to nail down a regular first-team spot at Stamford Bridge this season.

The 24-year-old made 38 appearances in all competitions last term, providing essential back-up to Ashley Cole as the west London club competed on multiple fronts and played over 60 games across the season.

However, the England international has started just 20 Premier League games in seven years at Stamford Bridge and is hoping to impress Jose Mourinho in order to secure a regular place.

"It's been a good preseason for me and I'm pleased to have been

involved as much as I have," he told the club's official website.

"Hopefully I can increase that playing time (on Saturday) which will put me in good stead for the start of the season.

"It's important to have competition for places and it brings the best out in the team. With any top-class side you need to have that in every position.

"I've been waiting for the Premier League to start for a while because there's nothing more satisfying than knowing you've got three points after winning a tough game."

Chelsea has won all but one of it preseason games - the one defeat coming to Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup final - with its Premier League campaign beginning at home to Hull City on August 18.