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CHELSEA defender Ryan Bertrand will return to Carrow Road on a half-season loan deal from Stamford Bridge.

City manager Glenn Roeder exclusively told canaries.co.uk: "I can't tell you how happy I am to secure the signature of Ryan Bertrand again to come back here on loan until the first of January.

"There is a possibility, after speaking to Frank Arnesen, that he will be able to stay the whole year. I think Chelsea are doing the right thing, covering their backs in case they needed him on the first of January because he is an exciting young player. But the intentions are that he might be able to stay the whole year.

"I'm very, very happy to be able to bring him back, he had become a fans' favourite. An exciting young full back, he likes to bomb forward and is tenacious in the tackle when defending. I like to think he improved as a player whilst with us in the second half of last season and I like to think now that I know him well, his character and his drive and motivation that he will become a better player. Again, for us in this first half of the season there is now great competition at left back with Adam Drury who has impressed me greatly at this week's training, at the front in the running, he always looks like a person that is driven and just the sort of person I enjoy working with. So there's real competition at left back now, I have to say the envy of a lot of clubs I would have thought, with Ryan Bertrand and Adam Drury competing for the left back spot.

"With Ryan, as he proved a number of times away from home, he can play wide left of the midfield and play in front of Adam, and give a real look of solidness and strength down that left-hand side. But of course, he's more than just a defender, Ryan can get forward and produce excellent crosses, and even once or twice last year he got the backpost and nearly scored, so hopefully this season he will get a goal or two in a Norwich shirt.

"It's happened very quickly, although I've been in touch with Frank Arnesen a number of times since the end of last season, I didn't think we'd be able to secure his services so quickly and I can only thank Frank Arnesen and Chelsea in particular for allowing that to happen so that Ryan can spend pre-season with us."

Ryan told First News, "I'm delighted to be returning to Carrow Road and very excited at the prospect of starting where I left off last season".

The England U19 international joined the Canaries on loan during the January transfer window of last season and stayed with the Club for the remainder of the campaign. The left-back made 18 league appearances for City playing a role in helping the Canaries avoid relegation.

Speaking to canaries.co.uk last season Bertrand was asked whether he would consider returning to Carrow Road. "Chelsea is a very big ask," he said. "You have to be realistic. They've got Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge still. Obviously I'd like to (and) if the chance came then I would, but I'd be happy enough playing my football here at Norwich. It's a nice family club and it's in a nice area so it's gone really well."

Ryan Bertrand will wear the number 21 shirt again, as he did last season.

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