Branislav Ivanovic signs one-year contract extension with Chelsea

• New deal keeps defender at club until end of 2016-17 season
• ‘There is no other place I would rather play football’

Branislav Ivanovic has signed a one-year contract extension with Chelsea, the Premier League club have confirmed. The 31-year-old Serbia defender was entering the final months of his existing deal, but will now stay to the end of the 2016-17 season.

The new 12-month contract is in line with Chelsea’s policy of offering only one-year deals to players aged 30 and over. Ivanovic joined from Lokomotiv Moscow in January 2008 and has been a key component of many Chelsea successes, winning every major club honour.

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