Ivanovic urges Modric to move to Chelsea

The Blues defender has claimed that a move from Tottenham would benefit both the team and individual, believing it is a necessary next step for the Croatian to take in his career

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic believes that Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric should choose to move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The playmaker, who has recently returned from international duty at Euro 2012, has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane after reportedly strong interest from the Blues and Manchester United during last summer's transfer window.

The Serbian international has said that Chelsea need a player like Modric in order to continue the success they achieved last season, and that the Croatian himself would benefit from the potential move.

"I don't know much about it other than what I read in the media," he told Sportske Novosti.

"I know there was interest in the transfer window before. Chelsea as a team have needed a player with these qualities. He would fit in quickly and strengthen the squad.

"He has exceptional quality, and moving to a bigger club is necessary for him to take the next step in his career."

Ivanovic also thought that remaining in England, where Modric has now played for four seasons, would help the 26-year-old, who has also been heavily linked with Real Madrid as well as Barcelona, as he would not have to adapt to a new style of football.

"He has been in England a long time and knows about the way football is played on the island and the mentality of the players," Ivanovic continued.

"I think at Chelsea he would adapt instantly and become a better player. He should come to Chelsea - it won't go wrong!"