Branislav Ivanovic determined to stay at Chelsea

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Chelsea stalwart Branislav Ivanovic has insisted that he has absolutely no interest in finding out if rumoured interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal holds any truth, telling the Evening Standard only focus on helping the Blues continue their fantastic start to the season.

Ivanovic has shrugged off speculation surrounding his long-term future to be nothing short of sensational so far this season, featuring in every single minute of Chelsea's first seven Premier League games to render speculation over his starting spot redundant.

Many analysts thought Jose Mourinho's decision to spend £20 million on Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis would see Cesar Azpilicueta switched to right-back and Ivanovic eventually phased out of the side, but the 30-year-old is adamant he's still improving and will be in West London for some time to come.

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No slowing down evergreen Ivanovic

The 78-cap Serbian enforcer said: “I really enjoy it here and I am so happy about this part of my life.

“In your personal and family life, it is very important to have peace and I am really enjoying the moment. Everyone complains about the weather here but for me it’s fine.

“I am settled here and I feel very good and proud to be part of Chelsea and to be part of the team. I play with great players and we always have the same motivation, which is to win trophies.

“We look at our squad and see that we have enough good quality players to do this. So we have to keep focused and to give our supporters and our club something that will make a difference — and this is trophies.

“Now I feel more freedom and more confidence. The way we are training, the way we are preparing for games and the way things are inside the club make me feel 100 per cent better and I feel I am improving all the time with the players we have.”

Chelsea's policy on players over 30 could scupper plan

There's no question that Ivanovic remains absolutely integral to Mourinho's plans for Premier League supremacy, but beyond this season that stance could still change.

Ivanovic is contracted to the Blues until 2016, so there is unlikely to be any great rush to reopen contract talks that got nowhere last summer.

Chelsea have a clear policy when it comes to considering contract extensions for players over 30, with only an extra year offered regardless of the star's service to the club.

Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and club captain John Terry have all found that out for better or worse over the last 12 months, so expect Ivanovic to be no different.

Mourinho will surely want to keep the evergreen ace if his fantastic form during the first two months of the season is maintained though, so expect any formal interest from PSG in particular to be swiftly rebuffed unless something drastically changes over the next 10 months.

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