Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand has revealed he wants to remain at Stamford Bridge and become the club’s No.1 left-back, despite interest from Liverpool this summer.
The Reds made an official approach for the 23-year-old but dropped their interest upon being told he would demand a salary package worth more than £60,000-a-week, as exclusively revealed by Goal on Saturday.
Nevertheless, Bertrand says he would not consider leaving the club as he wants to bide his time and become Ashley Cole’s successor, which could have been this summer before the England veteran signed a one-year contract extension.
"Obviously I want to be Chelsea's No.1 left-back, and when that time comes it will happen," he told The Independent ahead of the Blues' friendly with a Malaysia XI on Sunday.
"All I can do is be ready and keep playing, keep biding my time. I just concentrate on progressing in the games I get, and I've managed to do so in recent years. That's the only target I have.
"I wasn't really focused on it [Cole’s future] to be honest. I was just concentrating on myself, regardless of what happened. [If Cole had left there would have been] another left-back anyway, so it won't be: 'As soon as Ash goes, there we are, it's mine.' The work will still be there to do.
"That's the way it is at the top level. You have to be able to compete. That's just the way it is, and it's the place I want to be. So I'm used to that."
Bertrand joined the club’s academy from Gillingham aged 15 and spent time on loan at Bournemouth, Oldham, Norwich City, Reading and Nottingham Forest before his first-team breakthrough came two seasons ago.
"There comes a time when you have to say, ‘Right, I am going to spend some time back at the club and see what happens,’" Bertrand continued.
"The final against Bayern was phenomenal when I think back to Gillingham, the training ground there, the stadium. That was what I was used to and to go right the way to the Champions League final was humbling when I look at where I have come from."