Chelsea defender Ivanovic in advanced talks with Zenit

28 January, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • West Brom manager Tony Pulis was at Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic

Russian news outlet Sport Express have reported that Branislav Ivanovic will no longer be a Chelsea player from February as the Blues veteran is edging closer to signing a two-and-a-half-year deal with Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg.

West Bromwich Albion are weighing up a late move for Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, according to a report.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis is exploring the idea of signing the Serbian on loan until the end of the season and prolonging his stay in England in the hope Chelsea will be willing to discuss a deal.

Ivanovic started the season as a right-back but fell foul of the system change by Conte and has not started a Premier League game since September. He had different games in the starting XI.

It is claimed that boss Tony Pulis has been keeping a close eye on developments, with the Serbia global growing frustrated due to a lack of Premier League minutes at Stamford Bridge this term - 584 in all under Antonio Conte.

Ivanovic scored Chelsea's third goal in their 4-0 FA Cup victory over Brentford
Ivanovic scored Chelsea's third goal in their 4-0 FA Cup victory over Brentford

"When I switched to three at the back, something changed and, for sure, I have to make decisions".

"I repeat that if something happens and our squad has a number of players [added] then I'm happy, but if it doesn't happen I'm happy the same".

"For sure, about this situation it's better to talk with the player, no?"

Saturday's FA Cup tie against Brentford offers the potential for a rare start for Ivanovic, and could even act as a swansong, but, asked if the Serb will start, Conte replied: "No. No".

Following a 4-1 win over League One Peterborough United in round three, Conte is relishing another memorable atmosphere against near-neighbours Brentford - something he feels is particular to English cup competitions.

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