Club Determined to Keep £25m Left-back Despite Interest From Liverpool

Southampton are determined to keep hold of star defender Ryan Bertrand, despite interest from Premier League rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

The £25m-rated England international has developed into one of the league’s best left-backs and has been linked with a move away from St Mary’s this summer.

City are looking for full-backs after Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy all left at the end of their contracts and Citizens manager Pep Guardiola sees Bertrand as possible addition to his squad.

City are also interested in signing Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy, who won Ligue 1 with Les Monegasques last season and won his first France caps at senior level.

Liverpool used James Milner at left-back after Alberto Moreno’s poor form at the beginning of the 2016-17 season and the Mirror believes Jurgen Klopp is also monitoring 27-year-old Bertrand’s situation.

However, the Saints have played hardball over any potential sale of Virgil van Dijk and are maintaining a similar stance over Bertrand, who made 28 Premier League appearances last season, scoring twice and adding four assists.

Bertrand is looking to assert himself as England’s first choice left-back, as recently he has played second fiddle to Tottenham’s Danny Rose, and a move to a Champions League club could interest the former Chelsea man.

Southampton have gained a reputation over the last few years for selling their best players, with the likes of Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne all leaving for pastures new.