Ryan Bertrand labels the rumours linking him away from St Mary’s as “paper talk”, after Newcastle United were reportedly monitoring the left-back

After his England World Cup snub recently, Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand has shut down rumours that he was reportedly ready to leave St Mary’s as his side narrowly escaped relegation, as reported by the Chronicle Live.

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The 28-year-old full-back was an ever present in the England squad during qualification for the 2018 World Cup and has admitted that the snub by Gareth Southgate was “hard to take”, but has also rubbished rumours that he is set to leave Southampton.

Bertrand, who rubbished the rumours of him moving away from The Saints, has told the Daily Mail that he is flattered to be linked with big clubs, revealing: “It is flattering but it is not the reality. I am a Southampton player.”

He also added: “This summer, I will be watching the World Cup and cheering on the England team. But I will be working on myself, getting fitter.”

The £25m rated full-back is reportedly being monitored by Newcastle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur and the Premier League champions Manchester City.

Bertrand – who has currently seen out two of the new five year contract he signed back in 2016 – was a key player throughout the season in which the Saints underperformed for last parts off, captaining the side to safety. However, this wasn’t enough to book his spot in Russia, as Southgate preferred the newly acquitted left-backs Ashley Young and Fabian Delph – who both had impressive breakthrough season’s and position changes at their respected clubs.

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The former Chelsea man made 35 Premier league appearances this season, with 73% tackle success and Bertrand had four assists to his name.

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