Defender Branislav Ivanovic Signs Contract Extension At Chelsea

Serbian signs new five-and-a-half year deal
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has signed a contract extension that will see him stay at the club until 2016.

The 26-year-old Serbian defender has made 99 appearances at the club since his move from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2008.

He has been linked with a move to Real Madrid but Chelsea have seen off any competition for his services.

Ivanovic told the club's official website: "It is good news for me, it is a very big step for me in my career and I want to give my maximum and try to help Chelsea win a lot more trophies.

"These things take a little time but my first vision was always to stay with Chelsea, there were not a lot of problems because I wanted to stay, the club wanted me to stay and I want to thank everyone who helped with the deal, I am very happy with that."

The Serbian international has won two FA Cups and the Barclays Premier League, and he added: "I really enjoy being a Chelsea player and my wish was always to stay here.

"Now I think I can give many more good games, the three years has gone very quickly, and I think it has been a success so I hope to carry on getting better and better with Chelsea."

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