Over the past two years Branislav Ivanovic has been linked with a move away from Chelsea.
However, he has been strong at the back and not let the rumours affect him. We take a look at why Ivanovic has been the unsung hero at the back.
Two seasons of hard defensive work at Chelsea have put him in a leadership role. In 2012/13 he was comparatively better than Jamie Carragher, who plays in both the centre-back/right-back role. Ivanovic has a strong tackle, a well-placed cross, and has a heading prowess found in top defenders.
What sets him apart is a gift that is indescribable and Chelsea fans should be proud to have him. So it comes as no surprise when another off-season passes that the manager has to state that Ivanovic is staying at Stamford Bridge.
The 2012/13 season started off with Azpilicueta in the right-back position sending Ivanovic into a central role, switching with David Luiz, Gary Cahill, and John Terry. Regardless, after 34 appearances in the league, Ivanovic had 1.8 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game - stats taken from WhoScored.com.
Strong in comparison to the previously mentioned Carragher who had 0.8 tackles and 0.4 interceptions per game. In addition to this, he cast fear into the opposing team's box with five goals last season. So who wouldn't want the defensive Serbian star?
In 2011/12, Ivanovic was found inside Napoli 18 yard box with 105' on the clock in the UEFA Champions League first knocker round, when magically the ball fell to him and he slotted it home.
The goal, where Chelsea pulled off an amazing comeback proved to be the crucial goal, putting Chelsea up 4-1, 5-4 on aggregate. After winning the league in 2011/12, Real Madrid came knocking for Ivanovic. The man gave no response to the proposition.
Now, in 2012/13 after coming through with another header, this time in the Europa League final (93rd minute mind you), Monaco came after the Serb and were ready to offer around £25m.
To this offer, Mourinho told Sky Sports: "As a manager, a board, we have the responsibility of running the club, and the owner, and we are very, very clear that there is no chance that Ivanovic will leave Chelsea."
The Daily Mail also claims Ivanovic is under the PSG radar.
While having all the attributes of a centre-back, right-back and holding-midfielder, along with the gift of being a necessity - Ivanovic has class.
When asked about Luis Suarez he said: "I said straight after the game, whatever happened on the field finished there," "He's one of the best strikers in the Premier League. I don't have any problem with him."
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