Liverpool miss out on Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand as left-back joins Aston Villa

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Reported Liverpool target Ryan Bertrand has joined Aston Villa on-loan until the end of the season from Chelsea.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, May 8, 2012: Liverpool's Stewart Downing in action against Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand during the final home Premiership match of the season at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 24-year-old had been linked with a move to Anfield both last summer and in November, in the run up to the January transfer window.

Villa boss Paul Lambert said of the deal on the club’s official website, “Ryan brings a lot of big-game experience, not only in the Barclays Premier League but even a Champions League final which Chelsea won, so he’ll be really good for us.

“The way he plays the game and as a person, too, he’ll fit in here great and it will be good for him also to be playing games. He has real enthusiasm for the game and he’s looking forward to playing here.

“We’re grateful to Chelsea for allowing him to come here on loan and we know he’ll be really good to work with.”

Bertrand could well be at Anfield on Saturday to watch his new teammates play Liverpool in the Premier League. Kick-off is 5.30pm.

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