Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand has stated he had to leave Chelsea, as he did not feel like a footballer at the club.
The England international came through the youth system at Chelsea and was in the squad that beat Bayern Munich in the UCL final.
However, Bertrand was used sparingly during his time at the Stamford Bridge and left for Southampton in 2015, where he has developed into one of the league’s best left-backs.
Recalling his move to Southampton from Chelsea in an interview with the Daily Mail, Bertrand said: “I wanted to feel like a footballer. I didn’t necessarily feel like a footballer at Chelsea.
“It was emotional in terms of Chelsea being the club I had been at since I was young and taken part in one of their most historic moments.
“There was the emotional attachment but from a football perspective it was a no-brainer [to leave].
“When I was there (Chelsea), whenever I did get the chance to play I never felt the full support to relax and enjoy my football.
“The times I did play it was like an audition. And that is never healthy.
“As a young player coming through you want the club to be stable enough to say, “We trust in you, go out there and play”.
“You don’t want to make a young player feel on edge. I wanted that consistency — and for people to judge you they need to see you consistently.
“Southampton has given me a fantastic base in being able to do that and progress.”