Chelsea expect Branislav Ivanovic to snub interest from the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain in favour of signing an extension at Stamford Bridge, according to reports.
The Serbian international has developed into one of Jose Mourinho’s most important first-team players this term and, according to the London Evening Standard, will be offered another 12-month deal in keeping with Chelsea’s over 30s policy.
Regardless of a player’s usefulness the club only hands out year-long contracts to those over 30, although that might end up pushing Ivanovic to look elsewhere.
If he does then he won’t have to search far in order to find top European suitors, with the current champions of Germany and France both harbouring intent to land him this summer. Speculation has been heightened by the fact that he and Chelsea haven’t been able to come to an agreement yet, with the 31-year-old said to be holding out for a deal that would be safer for the future.
Neither PSG nor Bayern would likely have too much objection to offering him more than 12 months, which could make them both favourable destinations, although the Standard claim Chelsea may be willing to find middle ground with Ivanovic, such is his rapport with the fans and his influence in the defence.
Importance to Chelsea
In truth as John Terry edges closer to hanging up his boots defenders of such experience and reliability will be vital for the Blues. Ivanovic may be deployed as a right-back primarily but he still commands the respect of the back-line and his performances this year have proven just how integral to the squad he can still be.
Such sentiments will matter very little to his suitors though, both of whom could benefit from the arrival of a player who is equally adept going forward as he is when keeping opponents at bay.
Pep Guardiola currently uses Rafinha on the right-side of his defence when he opts to play four at the back, and only not is Ivanovic more sturdy than the Brazilian but also capable of shifting in centre-back with consummate each.
Meanwhile PSG are always looking for ways to improve their credentials and they’ve been linked with Ivanovic for sometime. In terms of financial gain the Serbian would be offered whatever he liked to opt for the Parc des Princes, although it will be the chance to continue playing at the highest level for more than just the next 12 months that should appeal to him most.
Chelsea fans, should Ivanovic be handed a new contract longer than 12 months long? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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