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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ready to axe Branislav Ivanovic

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is set to wield his axe on Branislav Ivanovic after the seeing the Serbian struggle against both Swansea City and Manchester City, reports The Mirror.

Baba Rahman is set to go straight into the starting XI for the upcoming game against West Brom after completing his move from Augsburg earlier this week.

The 21-year-old will play at left-back with the right-footed Cesar Azpilicueta shifting over to his natural position at the expense of Ivanovic.

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Ivanovic played every minute of Chelsea's title-winning campaign last season, was shown a clean set of heels a number of times by Swansea’s Jefferson Montero and Raheem Sterling.

Now 31-years-old and out of contract next summer, Ivanovic faces an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge and will only become more so if John Stones signs from Everton.

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Replacing the old guard

Chelsea have had three separate bids for the young England international turned down with the latest believed to be worth £30million.

Stones has experienced playing at both right-back and centre-back, but is believed to be earmarked as a long-term successor to John Terry. The same report claims that officials at Stamford Bridge are very confident that Stones will eventually become a Chelsea player.

Terry, 34, was hauled off at half-time against Manchester City in what Mourinho claimed was a tactical decision. He too has less than 12 months on his current deal and could struggle to earn a new one if his struggles continue.

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Jose Mourinho
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