Cotterill must wait for Chelsea loan ace

Ryan Bertrand could be one of the Chelsea targets for Pompey
Ryan Bertrand could be one of the Chelsea targets for Pompey
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Steve Cotterill has admitted that encouraging talks have been held with Chelsea over a loanee arriving from Stamford Bridge.

But he doesn’t expect anything to be finalised for another fortnight.

The Blues boss broached the subject of taking a loanee from the Londoners with Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas before Saturday’s friendly between the two clubs.

During his press conference following the 1-0 Chelsea win, Villas-Boas revealed his willingness to send a player on loan to Fratton Park.

However, matters remain on hold while the Portuguese assesses his squad during their current trip to Asia.

Cotterill has his eyes on recruiting one of Chelsea’s many outstanding young talents.

Those likely to be available for loan include left-backs Ryan Bertrand and Patrick Van Aanholt and winger Gael Kakuta.

But, for the time being, Pompey’s manager must be patient.

Cotterill said: ‘I had about a 20-minute chat with Andre (Villas-Boas) before the Chelsea game and mentioned to him we had already put in a request for a player before he got the job.

‘I wanted to have that conversation face to face with him as opposed to just being a request going in.

‘He has only just got through the door at the club and now has two weeks in Asia.

‘Basically, he has two weeks away to assess his squad and, maybe, we will speak when we both get back.

‘We are waiting to see what happens at the moment but nothing is set in stone.

‘All I can say, though, is we have had conversations and, obviously, they are a fantastic club with a great squad there.’