Blues confirm long-term Bertrand deal

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Ryan Bertrand became the first player to make his debut in a Champions League final
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Ryan Bertrand became the first player to make his debut in a Champions League final

Chelsea have confirmed that Ryan Bertrand has signed a new five-year contract.

Full-back Bertrand was only a year into a four-year deal agreed last summer but has been rewarded for his remarkable progress in recent months.

The 23-year-old became the first man ever to make his Champions League debut in the final itself in May and made his England debut in last month's friendly win over Italy.

He has also started two of Chelsea's three Barclays Premier League games this season.

Prior to Roberto Di Matteo's appointment as manager in March, he barely figured for his parent club since making a controversial move from Gillingham seven years ago.

Ashley Cole's arrival as Chelsea's undisputed first-choice left-back saw Bertrand spend much of his early Stamford Bridge career out on loan.

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