Jose Mourinho has ruthlessly decided to plan for life without one of his most consistent performers from last season, after telling his scouts to go out and find Chelsea a new right-back, capable of replacing Branislav Ivanovic, according to the Daily Mail.
The Serbian – whose contract expires at the end of the season (via Mail) – was an integral part of the Blues’ title-winning campaign last year, but a string of poor performances at the beginning of this campaign has left his future in serious doubt.
The struggles he endured against the likes of Jefferson Montero of Swansea City and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling saw him eventually dropped for the Champions League tie with Maccabi Tel Aviv, with a tactical reshuffle seeing Cesar Azpilicueta moving across to the right, while Baba Rahman came in for his debut on the left.
And with the back four keeping their first clean sheet of the campaign against the Israeli side, there are serious questions about whether he will return for this weekend’s clash with Arsenal.
Should he miss the game against the Gunners, then many may suggest that his days at Stamford Bridge are numbered, as he previously would have been one of the first names in the team for a game as important as this.