Ivanovic to fight for Chelsea contract amid Barcelona rumours

The Blues defender has been linked with a sensational move to Spain but wants to extend his deal for another year, with the Blaugrana looking to Darijo Srna as a short-term option

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Branislav Ivanovic wants to extend his contract at Chelsea despite being linked with a move to Barcelona in January, Goal understands.

Barca are looking to sign a right-back in January as a replacement for Aleix Vidal, who is considered surplus to requirements. However, a source has told Goal that rumours linking Ivanovic away from Stamford Bridge are "rubbish".

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The Spanish champions will instead look to sign Shakhtar Donetsk's Darijo Srna to replace Vidal on a short-term basis in January before targeting a bigger deal in the summer, with Arsenal's Hector Bellerin, Southampton's Cedric Soares and Valencia's Joao Cancelo on their list.

Ivanovic, who had previously been linked to a move to Crystal Palace and West Ham, has not been seeking a move away from west London to any club.

The 32-year-old is on a rolling one-year contract, as is club policy at Chelsea for players over the age of 30 and didn't renew his deal until late January last year. He is said to be open to talks to extend for a further season.

However, the Chelsea vice-captain has found first-team opportunities hard to come by after being sidelined following the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal, with Antonio Conte switching to a 3-4-3 formation.

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Conte has been adamant that Ivanovic remains in his plans in recent weeks despite an impressive five-game win and clean-sheet run in the league in his absence.

He remains a popular figure in west London having won every major honour with Chelsea, including two Premier League titles and the Champions League.