Etihad Stadium

Next Game

Man City v Chelsea

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 1 - 1 Schalke

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group G

Bertrand earns Lambert praise

Paul Lambert has hailed the impact Ryan Bertrand has made at Aston Villa, but is yet to explore the possibility of a permanent transfer being agreed.

Last Updated: 04/02/14 at 11:40 Post Comment

Ryan Bertrand: Will see out the season on loan at Villa Park

Ryan Bertrand: Will see out the season on loan at Villa Park

With there fierce competition for places at Chelsea, Bertrand was allowed to join Villa on loan in January.

He will see out the season in the Midlands and will be hoping to force his way into World Cup contention during that time.

Bertrand will then have a decision to make on his future - whether to return to Stamford Bridge or seek a move elsewhere.

Villa boss Lambert would certainly be keen if the 24-year-old full-back does become available, but the Scot claims the finer points of such a deal are not something he is concerned about at present.

He told the Birmingham Mail: "It's just a loan the way it stands but you'd never think the boy was only on loan the way he's settled in and the way he's played.

"He's been absolutely fantastic, he's a terrific guy and I'm delighted with him.

"Ryan's earned the right to have a value, whatever that may be, because of what he's done. Whatever Chelsea price him at, that's their prerogative but we're thankful they gave us that opportunity to let him come here."

Bertrand's arrival has pushed summer signing Antonio Luna down the pecking order, but Lambert feels added competition for places will serve the Spaniard well in the long run.

On a man who failed to make Villa's matchday squad for Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Everton, Lambert said: "It happened to Ron Vlaar last year, Karim Al Ahmadi as well.

"It was hard for them to come into a new environment, and they had played at Feyenoord in front of big crowds every time.

"It is difficult and you're fortunate if they can hit the ground running. Some players can do it from the off and others tend to take a bit of time."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Premier League: Arsenal win 3-0 at Aston Villa to end the hosts' unbeaten start

Aston Villa’s unbeaten start to the season was ended by a devastating goal blitz as Arsenal enjoyed a 3-0 away win.

Premier League: Newcastle draw with Hull City as Papiss Cisse scores two

Substitute Papiss Cisse saved the day for Newcastle and under-fire manager Alan Pardew in their 2-2 draw with Hull City.

Premier League: Victor Wanyama earns Southampton 1-0 win at Swansea

Victor Wanyama broke the resistance of 10-man Swansea as Southampton left the Liberty Stadium with a 1-0 win.

Mail Box

Be Careful What You Wish For, Gooners

That's the message from a Man United fan in the mailbox. Plus, thoughts on Paul Lambert's new contract, the Alan Pardew dilemma at Newcastle and lots more...

No, Wenger IS To Blame For Failure...

The backlash to the backlash to the backlash sees Arsene Wenger getting a good kicking while we also have mails on Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property