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Clubs track Branislav Ivanovic as Chelsea stall on contract offer

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Several top English clubs are tracking Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic as time runs out on his contract at Stamford Bridge, reports The Mail.

The clubs are not named and Mail correspondent Simon Jones also claims there is interest from some notable parties abroad.

Their interest has been inspired by Chelsea's refusal to offer Ivanovic an extension on his £120,000-a-week contract.

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His current deal is set to expire next summer and the 31-year-old would be free to negotiate a pre-contract with a foreign club on January 1.

Ivanovic was key to Chelsea's title success last season, playing every minute of their successful campaign; barring the final few minutes of a game against Manchester United, where he was sent off.

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Set to be dropped

However, reports today have suggested that the Serbian will be sacrificed in favour of new signing Baba Rahman after two disastrous performances against Swansea and Manchester City.

In both games, Ivanovic struggled to keep up with Jefferson Montero and Raheem Sterling and looks set to be replaced by Chelsea's current left-back Cesar Azpilicueta, who will switch sides with Rahman filling in for the Spaniard.

With Chelsea's club policy limiting Mourinho to offering Ivanovic just a 12-month extension, the right-back could be convinced to leave west London if a long-term deal is on offer.

Should he place in the starting line-up become something of an uncertainty, he is unlikely to agree to extend his stay and may leave for nothing.

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