Chelsea to offer defender extension despite exit talks

According to The Daily Mail, Chelsea will offer Branislav Ivanovic a one-year contract extension despite interest from other teams.

The Serbian had been holding out for a new two-year contract, with talks between the defender and The Blues stalling. But now, Ivanovic now formally received a one-year extension, which he’s expected to agree upon next week.

There were numerous teams interested in the services of the experienced wing defender. Among them Manchester City, Zenit St. Petersburg, Inter and AC Milan.

Especially City’s interest hurried the talks between club and player, with Roman Abramovich assuring the Serbian’s future at the club.

According to the report, Ivanovic is keen to stay in London as he’s settled in with his family, with Chelsea keen to stick with its policy of only offering one-year deals to players over the age of 30.

Ivanovic has had a dip of form this season, following his Blues during their atricious start of the 2015/2016 campaign. He received a lot of criticism, some saying he should be removed from the starting lineup.

Still, the 31-year-old has managed to play in 18 league matches, scoring once and providing one assist. He has won every major trophy since arriving at Stamford Bridge in January 2008 from Lokomotiv Moscow.

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