Ivanovic signs new deal

Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce Branislav Ivanovic has signed a new one-year contract.

The defender, 31, was made vice-captain at the beginning of this season, and his new deal will now extend his stay to the summer of 2017.

Ivanovic (pictured above with technical director Michael Emenalo) said: ‘I am very happy to stay with Chelsea for another season. 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.’

Since arriving at Stamford Bridge in January 2008, Ivanovic has won every major club honour, including the Champions League and two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and one League Cup, as well as heading the winner in the 2013 Europa League final.

Ivanovic made his debut in September 2008, famously scoring his first goals away at Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final the same season. In total he has made 341 appearances, finding the net 32 times.