Chelsea are reported to have opened talks with Branislav Ivanovic regarding a contract extension, with the defender to be offered an extra year on top of his current agreement with the club.
This comes from Gary Jacob in The Times, who has the inside track at Stamford Bridge. It is claimed that discussions have already started with Ivanovic, whose deal expires at the end of next season.
As is club policy regarding players aged over 30, Ivanovic is to be offered another 12 months beyond 2016 but, unlike the example set with other players, the Serbian has been approached before entering into the final year of his contract.
Ivanovic has established himself as a player of great importance to Chelsea and the retention of his services will prove as important as any external acquisition made by the club in the summer transfer window.
The 31-year-old is probably the best right-back in the Premier League, and among the very best in world football, and has contributed superbly to Chelsea in his seven seasons with the club.
The return of Jose Mourinho almost two years ago has seen Ivanovic’s star rise even further, and he is arguably the most consistent performer the manager has among his Chelsea number.
His defensive displays are supreme but, more recently, it is at the other end where his contribution has been even more valued. Ivanovic has provided three assists and scored six times this season, including a vital away goal in Paris.
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