Branislav Ivanovic has agreed a 1 year contract extension with the Blues with the option of a further year if he plays a certain number of matches according to an exclusive from The Times.
The contract extension would only be signed next month which is odd considering that the January transfer window is open and Ivanovic is attracting interest from Italian clubs Inter Milan and Fiorentina.
Ivanovic’s current contract with Chelsea expires at the end of this season and he had wanted a 2 year extension which is against Chelsea’s policy of offering only 1 year contract extensions to players over 30. Ivanovic is currently 32 and according to reports he had offers from Inter and Fiorentina to sign a pre-contract agreement for a 2 year deal.
But, Ivanovic, Chelsea’s third-longest serving player, has pledged his future to the Blues and will be signing the contract extension next month. Ivanovic has made over 300 appearances in all competitions for the Blues.
Ivanovic was one of the standout performers for Chelsea last season and played a pivotal role in guiding them to the title. Chelsea had the best defence in the league last season and vice-captain Ivanovic also scored 4 and set up another 5 as he was deservedly selected in the PFA Team of the season.
However, Ivanovic has seen a turnaround of fortunes this season. Chelsea have had one of the leakiest defences in the league and are languishing in the bottom half of the table. Ivanovic has also had a torrid time and most fans have called for his ouster from the team. Mourinho showed a lot of faith in his full back this season but Ivanovic’s performances were below par and with Mourinho gone it comes as a surprise that Chelsea have offered him a contract extension.