Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand wants to be the blues No.1 left back, but also admits he could leave Stamford Bridge.
Bertrand, 24, is currently on-loan at Aston Villa, having joined the Midlands club in January after seeing opportunities at Chelsea restricted during the opening four months of the season.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has insisted Bertrand remains part of his future plans at the club, he would still not be first choice despite the fact Ashley Cole could leave the club in the summer
As quoted on the Daily Star website, Bertrand said: “It’s flattering to hear what Jose Mourinho said but there’s no more waiting around for me in terms of wanting to be a Chelsea player.
“Come the summer I need to be the No.1 left-back, wherever that will be.
“I have ambitions but I have to be realistic as well. I will sit down and consider all my options.
“Staying here isn’t something I would rule out. I’ve had years of playing but since I was 17 I have been on loan, basically.
“I’ve spent the past few years at Chelsea, in and out of the team, and the experience I’ve gained from that is I’m happy just playing. That’s what it comes down to in football.
“If you’re getting the respect from your peers that you deserve, that means a lot.”