Bertrand eyeing regular place in Chelsea first team

After seven years with the London club, the young defender is hopeful that the forthcoming campaign will see him break into the starting XI at Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis
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 pre-season 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 have won all but one of their pre-season games - the one defeat coming to Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup final - with their Premier League campaign beginning at home to Hull City on August 18.