Chelsea defender Ivanovic admits Real Madrid interest
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has revealed that Real Madrid are interested in signing him, according to reports in Spanish daily Marca.
Ivanovic, 28, has been with Chelsea since 2008, when he joined from Russian side Locomotiv Moscow for a reported £9.7m. The Serbian international has been instrumental in Chelsea’s Champions League and FA Cup victories this season, playing 44 games in all competitions, and his performances appear to have caught the attention of La Liga winners Real Madrid, if Ivanovic’s comments are accurate.
Talking in the Spanish sports newspaper Marca, Ivanovich revealed the interest of the Spanish side, but insists that he is only thnking of Chelsea for the time-being: “I know what has been written about my future and that Madrid are following me... I won the Champions League just one week ago and to think about changing clubs now is complicated. I am very happy in London.”
The Serb can play both at right-back, or in central defence, and could offer a more solid defensive option than the attacking Brazilian Marcelo. The move would also offer a more consistent and versatile option to Real, who have used a number of non first-team players in defensive positions this season, including 34 year-old Ricardo Carvalho, Pepe, Alvaro Arbeloa, and Raul Albiol.
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