Liverpool approach for Chelsea defender is rejected

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Liverpool have approached Chelsea to enquire about signing left-back Ryan Bertrand, but had their moves rejected.

The Sunday Telegraph reports that the Reds were keen to sign the 23-year-old England international, who currently plays second fiddle to Ashley Cole in the Blues’ line-up.

But Jose Mourinho’s side are keen on keeping Bertrand, who came up through the club’s youth ranks and has had experience of being on loan at five different Championship clubs.

Bertrand is quoted in the Sunday Telegraph as saying, “I want to be Chelsea’s number one left-back, and when that time comes it will happen.

“All I can do is be ready and keep playing, keep biding my time. It won’t be: ‘As soon as Ash goes, there we are, it’s mine.’ The work will still be there to do.”

The news shows that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to strengthen is squad in all areas this summer, and provide competition in that left-back position for Jose Enrique.

Meanwhile Rodgers has been speaking about why he is about to let goalkeeper Pepe Reina go on loan to Napoli for the 2013/14 campaign.

The Spanish shotstopper looks set to be reunited with former Reds boss Rafa Benitez at the Serie A club after being told he will no longer be guaranteed to be first choice for Liverpool following the £9million signing of Simon Mignolet this summer.

“Financially it is something we needed to look at,” Rodgers said in the Liverpool Echo.

“That would be the reason because obviously you wouldn’t move on a top goalkeeper.

“It reared its head over the last few months and I had to prepare for it by bringing in a new goalkeeper.

“Pepe is a good guy. I’ve a lot of time for him, and he understands what I want to do totally.

“He’s got a big season ahead because it’s a World Cup year and one where, if he wasn’t going to be playing, could severely harm his chances of going.”

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