Ivanovic agrees new Chelsea deal

Chelsea have received a welcome boost with the news defender Branislav Ivanovic has put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension.

The 31-year-old, who has made the right-back position his own in recent years, is now contracted to the London outfit until the summer of 2017.

“I am very happy to stay with Chelsea for another season,” Ivanovic told the club’s official website. “After eight years here this is my home and there is no other place I would rather play football.

“I have enjoyed so much success since moving to the club and I am determined to help the team achieve more in the last months of this season and next year as well.”

Ivanovic joined the Blues from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2008 and has since gone on to make 232 Premier League appearances, scoring 21 goals in the process.

He still features regularly for the Serbian national team, having made seven appearances in 2015.