Former Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand announces retirement from football

Ryan Bertrand — who won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012 — has announced his retirement from football.

The left-back, who joined Chelsea from Gillingham’s youth academy as a 16-year-old, started on the left-side of midfield in Chelsea’s Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich in 2012 — the club’s first triumph in the competition.

Bertrand also helped the south-west London club win the FA Cup in the 2011-12 season and the Europa League the following campaign.

Bertrand made 57 first-team appearances for Chelsea but was loaned out to six clubs, including spells at Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa.

In 2014, he left Stamford Bridge to join Southampton — where he played 240 matches across seven seasons.

The full-back joined Leicester City on a two-year contract in 2021 but made just 11 appearances for the club, whom he left last summer.

Bertrand — who was capped nine times at senior international level for England — had been without a club since leaving Leicester and on Tuesday (June 18) announced his retirement from playing.

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