Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is keen to sign a full-back this summer and Newcastle have been linked with a number of right-backs.
Southampton left-back has given an interview in the Mail today, and he has been linked with a possible move to Newcastle this summer.
But given his transfer price is reported to be £25M there’s no way Rafa is going to spend money on a left-back, given the much-improved form of local lad Paul Dummett.
If Rafa is to spend £25M or more on a player then let that be on a top striker – that’s our real need this summer.
Benitez will know all about Bertrand from his time at Chelsea in the 2012-2013 season, and Bertrand got a lot of playing time in early 2013 after first choice Ashley Cole had been injured.
28-year-old Saints left-back Ryan Bertrand
Manchester City, Spurs, and the hugely ambitious Wolves are the other Premier League clubs interested in the left-back.
These are the final three sentences of his lengthy interview in the Mail today, and it’s about clubs being interested in signing him:
“There is paper-talk. It is flattering but it is not the reality. I am a Southampton player.”
“This summer, I will be watching the World Cup and cheering on the England team. But I will be working on myself, getting fitter.”
“I want to prove my competitive side, go out and show again I am up there with the best.”
Right-back has to be the priority at Newcastle this summer with Rafa keen to bring in a player who can challenge DeAndre Yedlin for the starting position.
At left back we can always play Ciaran Clark at left back should Paul Dummett be injured.
In fact, left-back may be Clark’s best chance for a first team starting position next season.