Arsenal make Bertrand approach as Saints contract talks stall

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Arsenal make Bertrand approach as Saints contract talks stall

Arsenal have contacted Ryan Bertrand over a free transfer from Southampton this summer, according to reports.

The left-back is nearing a St Mary’s exit as his contract expires in June.

Southampton began talks over a new deal recently but they have now stalled, giving the Gunners the chance to sign him.


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According to , have approached Bertrand’s representatives over a summer switch to the Emirates.

so he can compete with Kieran Tierney for a place in Mikel Arteta’s starting eleven.

Bertrand is happy at Southampton but wants to increase his £70,000-a-week wages, which the club is unwilling to do.

As a result, he looks set to sign for a new club in the coming months.

Arsenal aren’t the only team to contact the 31-year-old in recent weeks. Italian giants AC Milan and Ligue 1 outfit Monaco have also been in touch, although it’s not clear whether Bertrand would be open to moving abroad.

When asked about the player’s situation recently, Hasenhuttl said: “We are looking at other targets because the offer we have made has not been accepted from his side.

“When there is no solution for the future, we will have to look at other options in this position.”

Arsenal already have full-back Sead Kolasinac on their books. He’s due to return in the summer after a season-long loan spell with Schalke.

However, club chiefs don’t see Kolasinac as a top-quality defender and .

Bertrand is an ideal replacement in the squad, having performed well for Southampton this term.

He’s featured 29 times in the Premier League so far and played a full 90 minutes as the earlier in the campaign.

Bertrand also has international experience with England and would help Arteta’s young team to improve.

The left-back joined Chelsea’s youth setup in 2005 and went on to make a series of loan moves. He played 57 times for the Blues before joining Southampton on loan in July 2014. After impressing coaches at St Mary’s he earned a permanent move the following February.

He’s made 240 appearances for the Saints in total, scoring eight goals.

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Mourinho: I never let outside noise affect my managerial decisions

Former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho insists he does not let outside noise affect his managerial decisions as he prepares to take over at Roma.

after a poor second half of the season, but was out of work for just 15 days following his appointment as head coach of the Serie A side in a role that will start next season.

The end of his stint at had all the hallmarks of a typical Mourinho exit as he publicly criticised players, alienated fans with his style of play and picked fights with the media.


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Despite that, Mourinho says he is only focused on what goes on in the club.

“We don’t let outside influences affect what we do inside,” he said in an interview with trading partner XTB. “Pressure is always there in football, so we focus on the basics and our preparation and we keep the environment fun but committed and professional.

“For me, every game has a pressure because they all mean different things. There is pressure with a derby, a semi-final to make the final, a final to win the trophy, and three points to progress up the table and not lose your position.

“The best way to keep the pressure away is to prepare with consistency and also in normal conditions so the players don’t feel anything different.”

During his troubles at the Premier League club, Mourinho said he thrived on the pressure he applies to himself.

“It comes down to preparation,” he said. “It’s important to always be prepared for all eventualities, because, in this way, you can adapt to pressure moments by relying on your preparation and your repetition.

“Once the whistle goes, I am only focused on the match and the moment. I don’t think about me or my emotions; I think about what is in front of me and what we need to do to adapt to what is happening.

“When making big decisions, I make sure I have all the information I need to hand. This is the top ‘tactic’ because it is impossible to make any decisions without knowing all the details and taking time to understand them.”

 

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