first_img Saints’ CEO Gareth Rogers told the club’s official website: “Ryan is a young, attacking full-back and will fit in perfectly with the club’s philosophy and style of play. “This is another important step forward in terms of rebuilding our first-team squad with exciting English talent at its core.” First-team manager Ronald Koeman added: “I’m very happy to be able to bring Ryan in. “I spoke to him on Monday afternoon and I was very impressed with his attitude and how keen he was to play games for Southampton. “He is a top player who will bring a lot of quality to the team. He has experience at the highest level and is an exciting, attacking player, which is what I like to see in my full-backs.” The Bertrand loan move is welcome news for Southampton fans who have seen a succession of players leave the Barclays Premier League club since eighth place was secured in May. Bertrand is expected to take Luke Shaw’s place at left-back, following the latter’s move to Manchester United. Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren have all moved to Liverpool, while Calum Chambers has joined Arsenal. Southampton have pocketed almost £100million for the combined deals, with chairman Ralph Krueger refuting reports that Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin would also be leaving. Press Association Sport understands the south-coast club have the option to buy Bertrand outright next summer. Bertrand has been with the Blues since 2006 but has found action hard to come by, spending last season on loan at Aston Villa. It is understood the deal could be worth up to £10million, should Southampton choose to make the move for Bertrand a permanent one. Press Association Sport understands the next transfer movement at Southampton is likely to see club-record signing Dani Osvaldo depart for Inter Milan. Having joined last summer from Roma, the 28-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with Juventus after headbutting team-mate Jose Fonte in training. Osvaldo is set to depart Saints on loan again, heading for the San Siro in a deal which will see Saphir Taider come the other way. The 22-year-old Algeria international joined from Bologna last summer and will spend this season at St Mary’s. Southampton have announced the signing of Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand on a season-long loan. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgThe issues in elections for the head of the world football federation have never previously been set out before the watching football family but the prospect might prove irresistible for incumbent Sepp Blatter who is expected to confirm his own candidacy at the end of next week.Only last week Prince Ali of Jordan, Asia’s FIFA vice-president, called for the presidential election next year to be all about issues and not personalities. Champagne confirmed to this writer last night that he was ready for a public face-to-face debate.Though the Frenchman would be a rank outsider against Blatter, who will tell the FIFA executive committee that he wants to stand next year for a fifth term in office, at least he has the courage of his convictions.The former FIFA official’s stance contrasts starkly with senior UEFA figures – including president Michel Platini – who have proved happy to attack Blatter while retreating from the prospect of standing against him.Champagne, who launched his presidential bid in London last January, ‘came out’ by announcing to all the world’s 209 football federations: “I have the honour of informing you that I have just written to the FIFA ad hoc electoral committee and its president, Mr Domenico Scala, to confirm my intention to run for FIFA president.”He went on to characterise a debate as being “indispensable” for football and “essential” for FIFA which needed to be: 1, more inclusive for its protagonists, players, clubs and leagues;2, more proactive about correcting divisive inequalities;3, more modern in its methods, including refereeing on the pitch and its approach to governance; and4, more in touch with the fans so that everyone, regardless of their age or origin, feels part of the football pyramid.Champagne is in favour of publication of the remuneration packages of the president and senior officials, a step deemed necessary by reform adviser Mark Pieth to help demonstrate that FIFA really had turned the corner on transparency. Publication of pay packages of Blatter, secretary-general Jerome Valcke and other senior FIFA figures has also been recommended by Scala, who chairs the audit and compliance committee.Swiss businessman Scala is fast gaining strength within FIFA  after his role in combining with ethics investigator Michael Garcia to draw up a package of election regulations and then his role in barring exco members from accepting gifts of valuable watches from the Brazilian football confederation at the World Cup.While Champagne knows he has many modernisers on his side, they are comparatively few and far between among the conservative old guard within world federation who saw off, at FIFA Congress in June, proposals for age and term limits.Hence the value for him of taking his manifesto out to the world football family through broadcast debate.He said: “When the slate of candidates is finalized [next January], I also propose that public debates be held between all candidates in the presence of the heads of national associations during the continental congresses to be held through May 2015. “These debates should be televised on a global and/or continental scale, as is the case for all the democratic elections around the world.“It is my belief that these debates are essential for everyone in the hierarchy of our sport. It will allow each one to become fully aware of the available options, and enable clear and informed choices for the future.“The 2015 election must not be determined on the basis of individual appeal but on vision and agenda, to which we must commit for the next decade.”last_img read more