Bertrand: Saints' ambition a key reason for signing new deal

By SFC Media Tue 12 Jul Club

A delighted Ryan Bertrand explained that Southampton's ambition was an important factor in his decision to sign a new five-year contract at the club.

Bertrand today put pen to paper on a new deal that takes him through until 2021, joining a growing list of key players to have committed their long-term futures to St Mary's.

Speaking to Southampton's official YouTube channel, the 26-year-old, who arrived from Chelsea in 2014, said the club's forward-thinking approach and desire to progress was one of the reasons he wanted to sign a new deal.

"I'm very pleased," he said. "It's been a fantastic move for me since the day I came to this club and I look forward to many more successful years and really pushing forward.

"I've enjoyed my football here. I've really enjoyed the club, and the fans have been fantastic with me personally as well, so I couldn't think of any better place to play football and to keep on developing.

"The club is always thinking forward and I really want to be a part of that, and I am sure we can go on to achieve even better things."

Bertrand explained that seeing Virgil van Dijk, Fraser Forster, James Ward-Prowse and Steven Davis also sign new long-term deals in recent weeks and months had given him further encouragement for the years ahead.

"It was massive," he said. "To see all the boys sit down and commit, I knew I wanted to do it from the start too, and thankfully we've got it done.

"It's such a good moment, but I'm looking forward to just getting on with the football now and when we come back for pre-season really going again."

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